BERRIEN COUNTY, Michigan (WNDU) – The Berrien County Health Department on Wednesday recommended groups planning outdoor events to move things inward instead.
This is the latest response to a growing number of human cases in Eastern equine encephalitis or EEE.
On Tuesday, three new confirmed cases were announced in the districts of Cass, Van Buren and Barry. Two of the new cases in Cass and Van Buren were deadly.
There is now a confirmed and suspected case in Berrien County.
This year, there are a total of seven cases of waste electrical and electronic equipment in Michigan ̵
How it happens is no mystery.
"Humans can not get it from other people, humans can not get it from horses; It is caused by a mosquito bite, "said Gillian Conrad of the health department of the district of Berrien.
The authorities have no idea why this year is happening more than in previous years. One of the cases was apparently confirmed, while the other is listed as a suspected case.
"Interestingly enough, many people who are infected with this virus have no symptoms at all. Your immune system just starts and it fights it. However, a small percentage of people can develop very serious complications of this viral disease. "
About 30% of people die from electrical and electronic equipment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
] People over the age of 50 and under 14 seem to be at the highest risk of infection.
"And anyone who has a weakened immune system," added Conrad. "This could be due to certain medications, cancer treatments, some type of underlying disease or concerns."
Electrical and electronic equipment is fatal in about 90% of all cases with horses.
There is neither a vaccine against electrical and electronic equipment for humans nor treatment.
"There is currently no effective treatment to eradicate this virus. We take people to a hospital, we watch them, we make sure they get infusion solutions, we make sure they get enough oxygen, and then we hope that uses the body's immune system and is able to fight this virus, "said Riley.
] Riley added that some EEE patients fully recover, while others may suffer from chronic neurological impairment for the rest of their lives.