No Zika virus in Michigan, experts say — yet

By JASON KRAFT
Capital News Service
LANSING – The Zika virus will likely reach Michigan, but it won’t be the mosquitoes that bring it, health officials say. The mosquitoes that carry the virus, Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus, “live predominantly in tropical areas,” said Josh Meyerson, medical director for the Department of Health of Northwest Michigan. Zika instead poses a threat to Michigan if someone contracts the virus elsewhere during a vacation and brings it here. While there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Michigan, it may be just a matter of time. “It is likely that we will have confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Michigan,” said Jennifer Eisner, public information officer for the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Lead found in Glencairn Elementary water

By Danielle Chesney
Entirely East Lansing

Linda Vail on Glencairn lead situation. EAST LANSING – The recent discovery of lead in one Glencairn Elementary faucet has the administration taking action to correct the issue. Three letters (1 2 3) over two weeks from Dr. Robyne Thompson, East Lansing Public Schools superintendent, summarized the situation to parents. A parent volunteer made the discovery Jan. 7 and notified administration of a sign, possibly dating back to the late 80s, above the affected faucet that stated, “flush this faucet for five minutes each day before drinking to reduce lead levels to acceptable health limits.”

Four days later, Materials Testing Consultants took samples from the faucet, as well as seven other locations within the school, to be tested.

Smoke-free housing event in Haslett aims to educate and empower

by Gabriela Saldivia
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

LANSING—Wednesday, March 20 at 10:30 a.m. there is a local celebration of Kick Butts day, a national day of activism to prevent youth addiction to tobacco, for Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham county residents. The event takes place in Haslett, Mich., at the Marsh Pointe apartment community, 5895 Marsh Road, a 55-and-older property that recently went smoke-free. Amy Ann Moore, the tobacco prevention coordinator at the Ingham County Health Department, said the event’s focus is to educate and empower citizens about their rights regarding smoke free housing. “A lot of times when I have approached apartment owners or property management companies, they don’t realize they can legally ban smoking inside. All of them have had complaints but they don’t know that they have the right to say there is no smoking inside the building that they own or manage,” Moore said.

Health centers receive cancer screening grants

By CELESTE BOTT
Capital News Service
LANSING – Twenty-two community health centers are receiving federal grants to improve quality of care, especially for reproductive cancer screenings for women. The Michigan centers are among 810 nationwide to receive grants funded by the Affordable Care Act. Facilities receiving $55,000 grants include Cherry Street Services in Grand Rapids; the Ingham County Health Department in Lansing; Center for Family Health in Jackson; Upper Peninsula Association of Rural Health Services Inc. in Marquette; and Detroit Community Health Connection. Each recipient is part of the Federally Qualified Health Center Program and is eligible to receive such funding to supplement health care outreach initiatives. “Community health centers in Michigan are committed to providing high quality health care services to our residents,” said James Haveman, the director of the Department of Community Health.