LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Health Authorities warn of three possible cases of equine encephalitis in the East (EEE) .
According to CDC, the rare but deadly virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes can cause brain infections and swelling. Few cases in the US are reported each year, but about 33% of people with electrical and electronic equipment die and many survivors have persistent neurological problems.
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The Michigan Department of Health states that the three cases investigated are in the Kalamazoo and Berrien counties. The department also says it has confirmed a case of California Encephalitis virus in a Genesee County resident.
Symptoms of Electrical and Electronic Equipment
Symptoms of electrical and electronic equipment include sudden onset of fever, chills, body and joint pain. Symptoms of the California Encephalitis virus include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and lethargy.
Also fatal to horses
EEE is also fatal to horses. In Monday's news release, the department said that six horses in the counties of Barry, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph had contracted the virus and died.
The horses were not vaccinated. There is a vaccine for horses, but not for humans.
EEE was also diagnosed in two deer in the Barry and Cass districts.
Steps to Take
Before a busy travel weekend, the MDHHS is now calling for everyone to protect themselves against mosquito bites. Here are the precautions to which the department invites everyone:
- Apply insect repellent containing DEET or other US Environmental Protection Agency product to exposed skin or clothing and always follow the manufacturer's instructions for use.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants outdoors. Apply insect repellent to clothing to avoid stinging.
- Make sure the windows and doors are protected from mosquitoes.
- Empty the water of mosquito breeding grounds in the household, where mosquitoes can lay eggs.
- Use nets and / or trays over outdoor dining areas.