Eastern Equine Encephalitis

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It’s likely going to be a few more weeks before it gets cold enough in Michiana to kill all the mosquitoes. That’s more important this fall with the cases of a deadly mosquito-borne virus. 

Health officials and residents are waiting for the temperature to drop low enough to kill mosquitoes that could be carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis. 

Risk Of EEE Remains Until A Hard Freeze Occurs

Oct 16, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say a rare mosquito-borne virus that's killed one Indiana resident will remain a threat until the first hard freeze of the fall occurs.

The eastern equine encephalitis virus has been found this year in more than a dozen horses and one mosquito sample in northern Indiana.

The Indiana State Department of Health said Saturday that an Elkhart County resident had died from the virus. That person's death was Indiana's first human case of the illness since 1998 and only the fourth reported since 1964.


The Michigan Dept. of Health announced there has been a fifth death in the state due to EEE, Eastern Equine Encephalitis. 

The death claimed the life of a Cass County resident.  

In total, EEE has been confirmed in 10 people in Michigan with five fatalities. 

Beekeepers Protect Hives From Pesticide Amid Virus Fight

Oct 4, 2019
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ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Officials in a northern Indiana county say precautions that beekeepers took prior to aerial spraying to combat a rare mosquito-borne virus apparently spared their honey-producing hives from losing bees to the pesticide.

Fourth Person Dies In Michigan From Mosquito-Borne Virus

Oct 2, 2019

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A fourth Michigan resident has died from rare mosquito-borne virus that has been recorded across the southern half of the state.

WWMT-TV reports that 79-year-old Stan Zalner of Battle Creek died Wednesday after contracting eastern equine encephalitis.

Ronna Bagent tells the television station that her father was hospitalized in September with severe flu-like symptoms before doctors were able to confirm the illness through blood tests.

Two Indiana Counties To Begin Spraying To Fight Mosquito Virus

Oct 1, 2019

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — Two northern Indiana counties will conduct aerial spraying to combat a rare mosquito-borne virus that's been found in several local horses.

Elkhart and LaGrange counties' commissioners authorized the spraying Monday in separate meetings. The decisions by the adjoining counties comes after eight horses in Elkhart County and two in LaGrange County tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis.

Human cases of the virus in adjacent Michigan counties factored in the Indiana counties' decisions to begin spraying.

The virus has been confirmed in humans or animals in at least 13 Michigan counties. Three people have died .

No Indiana residents have been diagnosed with the virus, which can cause brain infections.

LaGrange County officials haven't finalized their plans for spraying.



LANSING, Mich. (AP) — After a weather-related delay, aerial spraying is planned in four Michigan counties to combat a rare mosquito-borne virus.

The state health department says areas in Berrien, Cass, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties are first on the list Monday night. Spraying in 10 other counties hasn't been scheduled yet.

It's the first aerial treatments in Michigan since 1980. The eastern equine encephalitis virus has been confirmed in humans or animals in southern and southwestern Michigan. There have been three human deaths.



The Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services has announced that spraying for mosquitoes will begin in 14 counties, including Cass, Berrien, St. Joseph and Van Buren, as of Sunday. You can read more from the department's release here.


PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — Public health officials are urging people to guard against mosquito bites after more cases of a rare mosquito-borne virus, including two additional deaths in southwestern Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an update Tuesday on eastern equine encephalitis, saying there were deaths in Cass and Van Buren counties. Those follow an earlier death in Kalamazoo County.


Today the Indiana State Dept. of Health issued a warning about mosquitoes and a rare virus that has been detected in Elkhart County. Earlier this month in Michigan, the disease was confirmed in Berrien County and a person died from it in Kalamazoo County. 

Here is the Indiana Dept. of Health release in its entirety: 

INDIANAPOLIS—State health officials are urging Indiana residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites in response to the detection of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus activity in northern Indiana.


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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Officials in Kalamazoo County say a person who contracted a mosquito-borne virus called Eastern Equine Encephalitis has died.

The Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services says that the person was one of two in the county to contract the virus. Another confirmed case has been reported in Berrien County and health officials are trying to determine if two other people who became ill in Kalamazoo County have the virus.

Kalamazoo officials have not released any information about the person who died.