From our friends at DHD#10:
August 27 – District Health Department #10 was recently notified by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) that a horse in Newaygo County has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). This horse is the third one to test positive for EEE in the state so far this year.
EEE is a zoonotic, viral disease, transmitted by mosquitoes to both animals and people. EEE is one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases in the U.S., and the virus is typically seen in late summer to early fall each year in Michigan.
While horses are highly affected by the disease, people can also be infected with EEE from the bite of a mosquito carrying the virus. In humans, signs of EEE include the sudden onset of fever, chills, and body and joint aches. EEE infection can develop into severe encephalitis, resulting in headache, disorientation, tremors, seizures, and paralysis. Permanent brain damage, coma, and death may also occur in some cases.
To protect your horses and other domestic animals (such as dogs, sheep, and goats), measures could include the following:
To protect yourself and your family, here’s what you should do now:
A sanitarian for DHD#10 is currently performing mosquito trapping in Newaygo and Oceana counties to determine if there are mosquitos found with EEE.