(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.
- Pesticide spraying planned in Washtenaw & Livingston County after EEE detected
- EEE confirmed in Livingston County horse that was euthanized
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.