Otsego Public Schools

September 19, 2019

Message regarding Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Dear Otsego school families,

As you may have heard, state and local health officials are urging caution after several cases of a rare, mosquito-borne virus called Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) have been reported in eight Michigan counties, including Van Buren, Cass, Berrien and Kalamazoo. There have been some recommendations in those affected counties to consider cancelling or postponing evening events when mosquitoes are more active. While Alamo Elementary is in Kalamazoo County, there are currently no evening events that we need to adjust.

At this time, there have been no reported cases of EEE in horses or humans in Allegan County, so the Allegan County Health Department has not recommended cancellation of evening events or activities. However, we encourage our students, families, coaches, and staff to follow the recommendations contained in the Allegan County Health Department communication released today. (attached below.)

We will continue to watch the developments surrounding EEE closely, and will take the appropriate steps necessary to protect the health of all of our students and staff and will pass along any further information as it becomes available.

Thank you,

Jeffery Haase

Otsego Public Schools Superintendent