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Eastern Equine Encephalitis returns to West Michigan

Horse in Montcalm County tests positive for EEE
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Posted at 3:24 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 15:24:18-04

MONTCALM COUNTY, Mich. — A deadly disease carried by mosquitoes is back in West Michigan.

A horse in Montcalm County tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, according to the Michigan Department of Agruculture and Rural Development.

This is the second confirmed case of EEE in Michigan. A horse in Clare County tested positive earlier in August.

Last year 6 people in Michigan died after contracting the disease.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recommends the following steps to prevent catching EEE:

  • Apply insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET, or other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved products, to exposed skin or clothing and always follow the manufacturer’s directions for use.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors. Apply insect repellent to clothing to help prevent bites.
  • Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside.
  • Empty water from mosquito breeding sites around the home, such as buckets, unused children’s pools, old tires, or similar sites where mosquitoes may lay eggs.
  • Use nets and/or fans over outdoor eating areas.