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Health officials - again - warn residents about Eastern Equine Encephalitis


State officials say they are finding more cases of a dangerous mosquito-borne virus in central Michigan.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis kills 90 percent of the horses it infects… and it’s dangerous to humans as well, with a 33 percent fatality rate among people.

Last week, we reported the virus was found in a horse in Otsego county. Now it has also been reported in horses in Genesee and Shiawassee counties.

Horses can be protected with a vaccine, but there is no vaccine for people.

State health officials said so far this year, no cases of EEE have been reported in humans in Michigan.

Last year, the state reported 41 animal cases and four human cases of the virus.