Eastern Equine Encephalitis detected in sentinel chicken

August 31, 2021

Eastern Equine Encephalitis detected in sentinel chicken

MOBILE, Ala. – A sentinel chicken used by the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) to detect mosquito-borne diseases in the community has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The coop was in the 36541 ZIP Code.

EEE, which is a form of mosquito-borne encephalitis, has been confirmed by laboratory results, according to Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for the Mobile County.

“There are no health benefits to being bitten by a mosquito,” Eichold said. “Don’t let your guard down. EEE has a human mortality rate of between 50 to 75 percent, while West Nile Virus is between 3 to 15 percent. EEE is a very serious mosquito-borne illness.”

The risk of encephalitis spread by mosquitoes is highest from August through the first freeze in the fall, Dr. Eichold said. MCHD’s Vector Services will increase spraying and conduct door-to-door surveys in the immediate areas. Inspectors will also attempt to trap adult mosquitoes and test them for the presence of EEE.

Blood is drawn from the sentinel chickens every Monday by Vector Services, and the samples are sent to a lab in Tampa, Florida. The results of the tests are available later in the week.

Health officials warn that it is extremely important that people taking part in outdoor activities make every effort to reduce their exposure to mosquitoes. Recommendations include:

  • Use an Environmental Protection Agency-registered repellent with DEET.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Stay and sleep in places with air conditioning or window and door screens.
  • Remove standing water around your home.

EEE is transmitted from bird to mosquito to bird. Mosquitoes can spread these viruses by feeding on the blood of infected birds and then biting another host animal or mammal such as a human or a horse.

Although humans and horses can become ill from the infection, the diseases cannot be spread from people or horses. The likelihood of transmission to humans and horses can be decreased by personal mosquito avoidance and the use of an EEE or West Nile Virus (WNV) vaccine in horses. There is no vaccine available for humans.

For approximately 30 years, Vector Services has monitored encephalitis in sentinel poultry flocks strategically placed in 13 coops throughout the county to detect the presence of viruses carried by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes also are trapped and tested for WNV, EEE and St. Louis Encephalitis.

To report an issue with mosquitoes, call Vector Services at 251-690-8124. To learn more, please visit https://mchd.org/vector-control.

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by low-pressure force main

August 31, 2021

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by low-pressure force main

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on August 30 at 2096 Stonepine Drive East. Approximately 6,100 gallons of wastewater overflowed as a result of a break on a low-pressure force main.

The wastewater was reclaimed, and no sewer reached a body of water. MAWSS crews have repaired the break. Steps will be taken to prevent future overflows at this location.

Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of this overflow. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Sanitary Sewer Overflows reported by MAWSS because of heavy rains

August 31, 2021

Sanitary Sewer Overflows reported by MAWSS because of heavy rains

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to multiple Sanitary Sewer Overflows as a result of heavy rains and flooding caused by Hurricane Ida on August 29-30.

Some locations stopped, then restarted when the rain resumed. Below are the locations, estimated amounts, and receiving waters. A final update will be provided once the last overflow has stopped:

Location                                                                Estimated Gallons                          Receiving Water

2409 Octavia Dr. S.                                                    255                                                                  Dog River

120 Demouy Ave. @ Murray St.                             17,250                                                            Eslava Creek

202 Morgan Ave.                                                        24,250                                                            Eslava Creek

50 Westwood St. @ Homewood St.                        65,625                                                            Eslava Creek

175 Westwood St.                                                      9,450                                                               Eslava Creek

208 Westwood St.                                                      Ongoing                                                          Eslava Creek

1102 Gimon Cir. (2)                                                   18,750                                                            Eslava Creek

1114 Gimon Cir.                                                         3,825                                                               Eslava Creek

1301 Gulf Field Dr. W.                                              9,210                                                               Eslava Creek

1710 Gulf Field Dr. N.                                               9,210                                                               Eslava Creek

McVay Dr. @ Navco Rd.                                         67,950                                                            Eslava Creek

766 Johnston Ave.                                                      Ongoing                                                          Eslava Creek

16 Japonica Ave.                                                        3,120                                                               Eslava Creek

101 Mohawk St. @ Elizabeth St.                             4,900                                                               Eslava Creek

2301 Carrington Dr.                                                   1,300                                                               Halls Mill Creek

Airport Blvd. @ Easement (4)                                 Ongoing                                                          Halls Mill Creek

9240 Airport Blvd.                                                     6,750                                                               Halls Mill Creek

8748 Augusta Dr. W. (2)                                           6,060                                                               Halls Mill Creek

2270 Vulcan Ct.                                                          2,450                                                               Halls Mill Creek

3171 Baronne St.                                                        3,225                                                               Three Mile Creek

2102 Prichard Ave.                                                    1,800                                                               Three Mile Creek

Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for the Mobile County Health Department, advises area residents to take precautions when encountering any standing water that may have accumulated because of these overflows. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Area residents should take precautions when using Dog River, Eslava Creek, Halls Mill Creek, and Three Mile Creek for recreational purposes because of these overflows. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

In order to reduce the impact of heavy rains infiltrating our sewer lines, which limits the sewer system’s capacity to move wastewater flows to our treatment plants, MAWSS diverts wastewater to our large temporary storage facilities. The diversion of flows reduces wastewater volumes in the collection system and aids in maintaining conveyance capacity in the system. Below are Severe Weather Attenuation Tanks (SWAT) and volumes of wastewater diverted to each:

Three Mile SWAT (both tanks are full) – 20,000,000 gallons,

Eslava SWAT (tank is full) – 8,000,000 gallons,

Halls Mill SWAT – 5,378,700 gallons.

Saraland reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows

August 31, 2021

Saraland reports Sanitary Sewer Overflows

MOBILE, Ala. — Saraland Water and Sewer Service has reported several Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) that began on August 30 as a result of heavy rains from Hurricane Ida. Here is the list from Saraland officials:

• Intersection of Bill Myles Drive and Station Street. This event is ongoing. Saraland officials say an estimated 100,000 to 250,000 gallons have spilled. This ongoing SSO is fully treated effluent, and has received primary, secondary, and disinfection treatment. This SSO is going into the Norton Creek storm drainage system.
• South side of Celeste Road, between Camelot Drive and Lafayette Driver. This event is ongoing. Saraland officials say an estimated 100,000 to 250,000 gallons have spilled. This SSO is going into the Bayou Sara storm drainage system.
• Between 23 and 26 Norton Avenue. This SSO has stopped. Saraland officials say an estimated 1,000 to 10,000 gallons have spilled. This SSO went into Bayou Sara storm drainage system.

Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of these overflows. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Area residents should take precautions when using Norton Creek and Bayou Sara for recreational purposes because of these overflows. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

Bayou La Batre reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

August 31, 2021

Bayou La Batre reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — The Utilities Board of the City of Bayou La Batre has reported a Sanitary Sewer Overflow that occurred on August 30. A discharge of an estimated 5,000 gallons took place at 12885 Padgett Switch Road in Irvington.

The cause was heavy rainfall produced by Hurricane Ida. The overflow was reached a drainage ditch that empties into Carls Creek.

Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of this overflow. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Area residents should take precautions when using Carls Creek for recreational purposes because of this overflow. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

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