4th death confirmed due to mosquito-borne EEE

Posted at 6:10 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 07:32:59-04

(WXYZ) — There has been another death due to Eastern Equine Encephalitis or EEE, a mosquito-borne disease.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced the latest death Wednesday. The victim is a resident of Calhoun County.


With the ongoing risk of the spread of this disease, aerial treatments continue in areas of the state with the highest risk, according to a release. However, health official say because of rain in southeastern Michigan, treatment is postponed for Wednesday.

EEE brings a 33% fatality rate in people who become ill. According to health officials, the disease is spread from a mosquito carrying the viruses. Any persons under the age of 15 and over the age of 50 are at a greater risk.

As of Oct. 2, there have been nine people confirmed to contract the disease, with four confirmed deaths. These are the counties where there are cases: Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties.

Cases have also occurred in 33 animals from 15 counties: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Genesee, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lapeer, Livingston, Montcalm, Newaygo, St. Joseph and Van Buren.

For more information on the EEE outbreak, click here.