Deadly Mosquito-Borne Illness Discovered In Michigan
Michigan health officials are reporting a rare case of deadly Eastern equine encephalitis. The case is reportedly located in the western portion of the state.
According to officials from the Allegan County Health Department and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the person has been hospitalized since just before September 1st.
The mosquito-borne diseases is an extremely dangerous illness. Many people infected with the illness pass away, many survivors suffer terrible brain injuries.
Western Michigan is not a stranger to Eastern equine encephalitis with outbreaks in 2010, the 1990’s, and the 1980’s. A recent human case was reported in 2016.
Horses often suffer brain injuries from the illness after infection.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis Facts
First and foremost, Eastern equine encephalitis rarely infects humans. This is mostly an illness that infects horses. But when it does infect humans, the consequences can be deadly.
The virus is spread via mosquitoes. It causes the brain to swell in the infected. Following a mosquito bite that transfers Eastern equine encephalitis to a human, the harsh symptoms typically appear between 4 to 10 days after the bite event.
Symptoms of Eastern equine encephalitis include high fever, nausea, and vomiting.
Florida typically has the highest volume of cases per year at under 10. But anywhere in the Gulf Coast region is certainly conducive to Eastern equine encephalitis cases.
Please see my Pandemic Survival Guide for more general information.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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