Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus has many families on high alert

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GRAND BLANC (WJRT) (9/19/2019) - Grand Blanc Community schools have scheduled treatment to their fields Friday ahead of Friday evening's football game.

Parents at Thursday’s soccer game say they took an extra step to keep their children safe.

Dusk is the most active time for mosquitoes. These pesky bugs are drawing statewide concern for carrying the deadly Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus.

Many Grand Blanc parents didn't leave home without bug spray for the children's soccer game.

“Yesterday, I went to Walmart and bought 40% DEET because I had 25% DEET. Today I went back to buy more and almost the whole shelf was wiped off,” Tiffany Dewley said.

The Grand Blanc mom is worried her two kids might get infected with EEE. Dewley said a family friend of hers in West Michigan has been diagnosed with the mosquito-borne illness.

She wants to make sure what happened to their friend doesn't happen to her kids.

"Actually has Triple-E and is in a coma. So, it has hit close to home,” Dewley said.

Grand Blanc schools meant to treat the fields on Thursday. They say there was a miscommunication with the company and the treatment was pushed to Friday.

Bri Ryan didn't want to take any chances even knowing the fields were supposed to get treated ahead of her son's soccer game. She made sure her son had bug spray on before going out on the field.

"It's concerning just because you don't want anything to happen to your kids. They should be your number one priority. So, I just want to let them enjoy the game and enjoy themselves, but take precautions to make sure they are safe,” Ryan said.