BARRY COUNTY, Mich. — Eastern Equine Encephalitis is now confirmed in a fourth West Michigan county.
A horse in Barry County started showing symptoms of the mosquito-borne disease on August 26. The animal died this week.
The Barry-Eaton District Health Department says it is the first confirmed case of EEE in Barry County.
In 2019 six people in the state died from the disease. 4 others survived.
The Barry-Eaton District Health Departments says anyone living in or visiting Barry County should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, including wearing long-sleeves, using spray that includes DEET, and staying inside during dusk.