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High school football games have early kickoff in light of EEE virus

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Posted at 5:51 PM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 17:51:37-04

KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. — The Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus is starting to impact football games in Michigan.

Several football games in southwest Michigan and Kalamazoo County started at 5 p.m. so that they would be done in time before dusk when the mosquitoes come out to feed.

The only game in mid-Michigan to start at 5 p.m. is Perry versus Lakewood.

The state recommended rescheduling evening activities in counties where human or animal cases of EEE have been confirmed.

It's not just football being affected in those counties. The owners of a farmers market in Eau Claire said they're losing customers.

"Usually in the fall on he weekends, we're usually busy with outside customers from Chicago, Indiana whatever. And because of that big scare I think people are afraid to come out," the owners said.

EEE typically starts off with a fever, headache, nausea and vomiting and neck stiffness.

It can eventually lead to inflammation of the brain, which can put the patient in a coma or kill them.

Experts say the mosquitoes that carry it will die off once the first hard frost hits.

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