Adrian Athletics Statement on Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Adrian Athletics Statement on Eastern Equine Encephalitis

This is an advisory from Adrian College Athletics officials....

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

You may be aware of the recent local and national news concerning Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a mosquito-borne virus with serious implications for some who contract it. While no human cases have been identified in Lenawee County, Adrian College is informing its students, faculty and staff on the best ways to prevent contact with mosquitos while participating in outdoor activities. There have been nine people diagnosed with EEE in southern Michigan and northern Indiana.

Consider the following initial AC Community Action Steps (more guidance may occur in the future, as more information about the spread of the virus becomes available):

Minimize exposure to mosquitoes: Avoid being outside between dusk and dawn (7 p.m. to 7 a.m.) whenever possible until the first hard frost decreases the mosquito population, normally in mid-October. Use insect repellent with DEET whenever spending time outside, especially between the hours of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Initially, bug spray will be available at all Adrian College intermural athletic events and intercollegiate athletic events beginning immediately. More options will follow in the future.

• Avoid wooded areas and standing water (ponds, lakes, etc.) and wear cloths such as slacks, socks, long-sleeved shirts etc. to cover the body.

Know the symptoms of EEE and seek medical attention if necessary (including sudden onset of fever, chills and painful body and joint aches).

• The Adrian College Student Health Center is located in the Medical Center near Arrington Ice Arena (517.265.5161, Ext. 4214).

For more information, visit the Center for Disease Control at https://www.cdc.gov/easternequineencephalitis/index.html.

 

Sincerely,

Jamison Fetter, MS, AT/ATC

Head Athletic Trainer

Athletics Health Care Administrator

 

Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association StatementMichigan Department of Health & Human Services press release - Sept. 20, 2019