(WXYZ) — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is confirming another case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a horse in St. Joseph County.
Officials say the horse presented with symptoms on September 23, prior to the state beginning treatment of parts of the state with aerial insecticide spraying..
As of October. 4, EEE has been confirmed in nine people, with four fatalities. Cases of the illnes are in Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties.
In addition, cases have occurred in 34 animals from 15 counties: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Genesee, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lapeer, Livingston, Montcalm, Newaygo, St. Joseph and Van Buren.
The mosquitoes that spread EEE are still active and were caught in traps set Oct. 1 in southwest Michigan.
Aerial insecticide spraying has been scheduled for several areas of the state.