Berrien County man is 6th person to die of EEE mosquito virus in Michigan

Posted at 6:38 PM, Nov 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-18 18:38:31-05

A sixth person in Michigan has died due to Eastern Equine Encephalitis, state health officials announced on Monday.

The victim was a Berrien County resident who was previously diagnosed with the virus.

So far, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said that 10 people have been diagnosed with EEE.

Cases of confirmed EEE were in Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties.

“The risk of EEE continues if there has not been a sustained period of freezing temperatures,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health for MDHHS. “We urge residents to continue taking precautions against mosquito bites.”

According to the department, EEE has been confirmed in 40 animals in 16 counties, which are: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Genesee, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lapeer, Livingston, Montcalm, Newaygo, St. Joseph, Tuscola and Van Buren.