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LEON:..NEWS 8’S JACQUELINE FRANCIS JOINS US NOW WITH MORE ABOUT WHAT EXPERTS SAY TO EXPECT TOMORROW. 3 JACQUELINE:..AS SOON AS HEALTH OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED THEIR PLAN TO AERIAL SPRAY FOR THE EEE MOSQUITOS.. THE QUESTIONS CAME ROLLING INTO OUR NEWSROOM.. DOZENS OF CALLS AND EMAILS EXPRESSING CONCERNS ABOUT THE CHEMICALS – AND POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS–SO HERE ARE THE EXPERTS’ ANSWERS TO SOME OF THE MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS. 3 3 3 I KNOW THIS HAS CAUSED A LOT OF ANXST THINKING ABOUT EEE IN GENERAL AND THE INTERVENTION TO HELP REDUCE THAT RISK AND I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO ACKOWLEDGE THOSE FEELINGSFROM FEELINGS TO FACTS- DR. WILLIAM NETTLETON OF THE KALAMAZOO AND CALHOUN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS ANSWERED SOME OF THE MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO ARIEL MOSQUITO SPRAYING..THE CHEMICAL OF CONCERN IS MERUS 3.0 — AND WHILE EXPERTS SAY IT WILL NOT CAUSE HARM TO PEOPLE, PETS OR THE OVERALL ENVIRONMENT.. THERE ARE WAYS TO REDUCE EXPOSURE TO THE CHEMICALS.. 3 TO PROVIDE THAT ADDITIONAL LAYER OF REASSURANCE. ENTER THAT INCLUDES BEING INSIDE CLOSING YOUR WINDOWS AND TURNING OFF YOUR AIR CONDITIONING 3 THESE AND ALSO CONSIDERING BRINGING YOUR PETS AND DOORS AND COVERING YOUR SWIMMING POOLS.AGAIN – YOU DON’T HAVE TO TAKE THESE PRECAUTIONS– BUT IF YOU’RE CONCERNED– YOU CAN IF YOU’D LIKE.. 3 IT SOUNDS CONFUSING DOESN’T IT? BECAUSE YOU HEAR THE RECOMMENDATION OF THERE IS NOT A HUMAN HEALTH RISK OR HAZARD ASSOCIATED WITH ULTRA LOW VOLUME BUT THEN YOU HEAR ME ALSO SAYING YOU CAN ALSO DO THIS I RECOGNIZE THIS CAN SOUND CONFUSING.AND THIS ISN’TJUST ONE DOCTOR’S OPINION– 3 THERE’S BEEN A LOT DISCUSSION WIT H TOXICOLOGISTS WITH EPIDEMIOLOGISTS WITH PHYSICIANS A DECISION THAT CAME AFTER MUCH DEBATE– AS EXPERTS SAY THE THREAT AND TRAGEDY OF TRIPLE-E IN SOUTHWEST AND WEST MICHIGAN NEEDS TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY–THIS IS REALLY ANOTHER TOOL IN THE TOOLBOX TO REDUCE OUR RISK TO AGAIN A VERY RARE BUT SOMETIMES VERY SERIOUS DISEASE. 3 JACQUELINE:..FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FROM THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT–HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE, WOOD TV DOT COM.

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