EEE kills fifth person in West Michigan


CASSOPOLIS, Mich. (WOOD) — A fifth person from West Michigan has died from rare but dangerous Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Lynn Sutfin confirmed Monday that a second resident of Cass County has died from the mosquito-borne infection.

She said the resident started showing symptoms prior to Sept. 30, when the state started aerial spraying for mosquitoes carrying EEE.

So far, the state has confirmed 10 human cases of EEE in Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties.

Although an average of 1 in 3 people die from EEE, half of the Michigan residents sickened by the infection have died this year. They include 79-year-old Stan Zalner of Battle Creek,64-year-old Gregg McChesney of Richland, two people from Cass County and a Van Buren County resident.

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