The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Bureau of Laboratories has confirmed Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in an grownup resident of Calhoun County. Eight instances of EEE have now been confirmed in residents of Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, and Van Buren counties, together with three deaths. “The rising geographic unfold and rising variety of EEE instances in people and animals point out that the danger for EEE is ongoing,” mentioned Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical govt and chief deputy for well being. “We proceed to induce Michiganders to guard themselves in opposition to mosquito bites till the primary laborious frost.” Additionally, testing on the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has lately recognized EEE in a single animal every in Calhoun, Jackson and Montcalm counties. As of Sept. 20, EEE has been confirmed in 21 animals from 11 counties: Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Genesee, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lapeer, Montcalm, St. Joseph, and Van Buren. There is an EEE vaccine out there for horses, however not for individuals. Additional animal instances are beneath investigation. MDHHS is encouraging native officers within the affected counties to think about suspending, rescheduling or cancelling out of doors actions occurring at or after nightfall, notably actions that contain youngsters. This would come with occasions corresponding to late night sports activities practices or video games or out of doors music practices. The MDHHS advice is being made out of an abundance of warning to guard the general public well being and applies till the primary laborious frost of the 12 months. EEE is among the most harmful mosquito-borne ailments within the United States, with a 33 % fatality charge in individuals who grow to be ailing. People could be contaminated with EEE from the chunk of a mosquito carrying the viruses. Persons youthful than age 15 and over age 50 are at biggest threat of extreme illness following an infection. Across Michigan, residents can keep wholesome by following steps to keep away from mosquito bites: • Apply insect repellents that comprise the lively ingredient DEET, or different U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved product to uncovered pores and skin or clothes, and at all times comply with the producer’s instructions to be used. • Wear long-sleeved shirts and lengthy pants when outdoor. Apply insect repellent to clothes to assist stop bites. • Maintain window and door screening to assist maintain mosquitoes exterior. • Empty water from mosquito breeding websites across the house, corresponding to buckets, unused kiddie swimming pools, previous tires or comparable websites the place mosquitoes could lay eggs. • Use nets and/or followers over out of doors consuming areas. Signs of EEE embody the sudden onset of fever, chills, physique and joint aches which might progress to a extreme encephalitis, leading to headache, disorientation, tremors, seizures and paralysis. Permanent mind harm, coma and dying might also happen in some instances. For extra details about mosquito-borne ailments, go to Michigan.gov/emergingdiseases.