6th person in Michigan dies from EEE

Posted at 3:40 PM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 15:42:00-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A sixth person has died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says the person was a Berrien County resident.

EEE is one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne illnesses with a 33% mortality rate for people who become ill. In Michigan, six of the 10 people who developed symptoms died this year.

Health departments say therisk for EEE is over this year because the temperatures are below freezing.