Three New Cases of EEE Found in Michigan Horses

Three new cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in horses have been confirmed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The horses are from Genesee and Shiawassee (2) counties. The state has now reported eight cases of EEE in horses in 2021, which is down from 41 animal cases and four human cases in 2020.

Barry, Crawford, Livingston, Otsego, and Shiawassee Counties have also seen cases of EEE. No human cases have been identified this year.

“Michiganders need to continue taking precautions against mosquitoes as they take advantage of our current mild weather conditions and enjoy outdoor activities,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, chief medical executive at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. “People can also be infected with EEE from the bite of a mosquito carrying the virus, which can lead to serious health impacts and even death.”

Applying insect repellants, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, maintaining window and door screening and following other precautions can help Michigan residents avoid mosquito bites and stay healthy.