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New case of EEE confirmed in Kent County horse

Posted at 6:33 PM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 18:33:02-04

LANSING, Mich. — One new confirmed case of EEE has been found in a Kent County horse, the Michigan Department of Agricultural and Rural Development announced Tuesday.

That brings the total number of cases in horses in the state to 35 this year.

“Even as temps get cooler, it is still crucial for horse owners to vaccinate their animals against the disease,” the department said in a tweet.

Two humans had previously tested positive for EEE this year, including one person in Montcalm County who died from the disease.

EEE can cause neurological illness, permanent disability and death.

Officials recommend people wear long sleeves and use bug spray containing DEET to fend off the mosquitos that carry EEE.