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Six deaths reported due to EEE

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. – Michigan health authorities report a sixth death case linked to East Horse Encephalitis.

Berrien County Health Ministry officials said on Monday that the victim was one of two people who caught the mosquito-borne virus. Death occurred on Saturday.

The East Horse Encephalitis case first appeared in Western Michigan at the end of August. The virus has been reported in Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo and Van Buren districts. The outbreak resulted in 10 human cases and 46 animal cases.

Dr. of Michigan Health and Human Services Department. Joneigh Khaldun says the virus continues to be at risk because it has not had freezing temperatures for a long time. He said that those living in the affected areas should continue to take measures against mosquito bites.

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