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The Environmental Health Division received a State surveillance grant to trap and collect mosquitoes and ticks during the 2019 summer season. Most counties in Southern Michigan participated in this project. The primary focus of the surveillance project was to determine if the two mosquito species responsible for transmitting Zika virus have made their way into Michigan from southern states.
A total of 8,089 mosquitos were caught from the beginning of May through the end of August. 14 different mosquito species were identified in the Jackson County area through this project. The two mosquito species (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus) responsible for transmitting Zika virus were not found.
A secondary focus of our activities was to collect ticks along public hiking trails and other outdoor areas frequented by the general public. Blacklegged Ticks are responsible for transmitting Lyme disease. Lyme disease has been reported in 43 states including Michigan and the coastal counties of Lake Michigan and the western Upper Peninsula have been seeing the highest number of Lyme disease cases over the last several years. This area of higher incidence continues to steadily spread eastward and Jackson County is now adjacent to multiple counties with confirmed Lyme Disease. No ticks of any kind were collected at our tick drag sites.