In the past, testing for the virus was available but had to be done at out-of-state laboratories. That resulted in turnaround times of six to eight weeks.
Jennifer Eisner is a spokesperson for the department. She says by conducting the tests in Michigan, potential patients will receive results faster.
“A big part of this is with the quicker turn around time and the sooner someone knows their results, it can help reduce the potential for sexual transmission . Because if you know you have the virus you can take preventive measures to help stop the spread of the disease.”
The virus is spread by mosquito’s and through sexual contact. It is known to cause serious birth defects in infants.
Eisner said symptoms in adults are typically mild, including red eyes, rashes and fevers.
Operators of Chippewa County International airport have announced a temporary service interruption beginning next week. The move will allow for improvement work on the airport’s main runway. Continue reading →
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The Alpena Chamber of Commerce is strategizing on how to keep Delta at their airport. This after the airline announced in July that it would be leaving.
Jackie Krawczak is executive director for the Chamber. She attended an airport committee meeting Friday in which members decided to hire a consultant to lobby Delta to stay. The committee has sent the suggestion to the finance department.
“I think while talking with different consultants throughout this process the odds are very slim. Probably the one said maybe a 20 percent chance that we could get them to consider Alpena again. But we might have a better chance if we can extend this process and if we can have more time to put numbers together to show some of the economic development that’s going on in Alpena that’s going to require better service than Alpena to Cleavland.”
If Delta does not reconsider Krawczak said the bid will go to Gulfstream Airlines.
A missing pilot was found by local fisherman off the coast of Forestville Michigan yesterday. The man went missing after his plane crashed into Lake Huron Tuesday night.
Officials said the pilot reported having engine problems in the early evening.
Shortly after that The Federal Aviation Administration lost contact with the plane.
Lauren Jorganson is with the Ninth Coast Guard District. She said the search began immediately after the failed contact.
The search ended after local fishermen found the pilot.
“The fishing vessel Eagles Nest located him and picked him up, brought him on board, and he was ultimately transported to shore. He was alive and in good condition. He was transported to shore and then taken to a local hospital as a precaution.”
Jorganson said the pilot swam approximately 15 miles toward shore before being picked up.
The cause of the plane crash is currently under investigation.
A $2 million grant from the Dow Chemical Company will help support the expansion of MBS International Airport in Freeland.
The airport is building a new terminal, with an expected price tag of $48 million.
Dow Chemical Company spokesperson Greg Baldwin says the airport expansion is important for the region.
“It’s a very important project to the Great Lakes Bay Region. A modernized MBS Airport terminal is critical for the growth and prosperity for this area. And MBS, when you look at it, is really a gateway to the business opportunities that are already in this region, and that will certainly come to this region. Dow is going to be contributing a total of three million dollars to the MBS Commission. Two million is a grant, and the final million goes toward advertising rights in the new terminal.”
Officials from the MBS International Airport say the project is on budget, and the MBS International Airport Commission has pledged not to use local tax dollars for the project. Other funding includes support from the Federal Aviation Administration and state funds.
Officials say they expect the terminal to open on schedule, in 2013.