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ST. JOSEPH, Michigan – Michigan health authorities are reporting the 6th deadly death associated with Eastern equine encephalitis.

Berrien County Department of Health officials said Monday that the victim was one of two people infected with the mosquito virus. The death occurred on Saturday.

Eastern equine encephalitis cases first appeared in Western Michigan in late August. The virus has been reported in the cities of Bari, Berrien, Calhoun, Cas, Kalamazoo and Van Buren. The outbreak resulted in 10 human cases and 46 animal cases.

Dr. Johnny Haldun, of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said the risk of the virus was continuing because there was no sustained freezing temperature. He says residents in affected areas should continue to take precautionary measures against mosquito bites.

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