KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Kalamazoo County is all a-buzz as local health officials plan to set up and monitor mosquito traps in the midst of mosquito season.
These traps look to catch and identify mosquitos known to spread the Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE, virus and the West Nile virus, according to Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department.
“Mosquito trapping and testing is critical work that must be done to provide Kalamazoo County residents with early detection of vector-borne diseases, as well as information on steps they can take to protect themselves this summer,” Environmental Health Manager Lucus Pols said.
As of Thursday, there has been no evidence of any disease-carrying mosquitoes within the county, according to the county health department.
Surveillance efforts also look to integrate the migration pattern of Zika-carrying mosquitoes through southern Michigan, health officials said.
Mosquito monitoring is slated to be conducted through September.
Kalamazoo County residents are encouraged to protect themselves from mosquito bites and illnesses mosquitos can cause by doing the following actions:
More information about Kalamazoo County mosquito surveillance can be found online or by calling 269-373-5210.