GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The sixth person to have a rare mosquito-borne disease, Eastern Horse Encephalitis this summer.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed the death of a Berrien County resident.
WNDU, the NBC affiliate of South Bend, Indiana, identifies the person who died as Jim Wright, a farmer in Io Claire.
Overall, the mortality in people who develop severe EEE symptoms is about 33%. In Michigan this year, that number was nearly double. The state registered 10 cases of EEE in humans six of which proved fatal. The dead also include 79-year-old Stan Zalner of Battle Creek, 64-year-old Greg MacKesney of Richland, 72-year-old Henry Hes of Cass County, another person Cass County and a resident of Van Buren County.
The threat of concluding EEE is for the year because cold weather has killed the mosquito population.
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