Normally by early September mosquito activity starts to dwindle. Not this year. A wetter than normal August, followed by an unusually hot mid-September has mosquito activity in the "very high" to "extreme" categories.

There are numerous conditions that can make being bitten by the unofficial state bird of Michigan a concern. West Nile Virus is probably the first to come to mind. A few Years back the Zika Virus had everyone's attention. But this week a resident in Allegan was diagnosed with eastern equine encephalitis (also known as EEE). This marks the first such case in Michigan since 2016.

Symptoms of EEE include sudden onset of headache, high fever, chills, and vomiting. The illness may then progress into disorientation, seizures, coma and inflammation of the brain.

Ways to protect yourself from bites include:  Wear light colors, use insect repellent, wear appropriate clothing, remove standing water, use an insect repellent, and avoid outdoor activity when possible at dusk and dawn.

The good news is that beginning Friday, temperatures should dip slightly below 50 degrees for a couple nights, possibly lessening the "very high" to "extreme" mosquito activity.

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