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6th death associated with EEE

ST. JOSEPH, Michigan. Michigan Health Authorities Report Sixth Mortality Associated with Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

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

Cases of eastern equine encephalitis first appeared in western Michigan in late August. The virus has been reported in the districts of Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Kass, Kalamazoo and Van Buren. The outbreak led to 10 cases in humans and 46 cases in animals.

Dr. Joni Haldoun of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says the risk of contracting the virus remains because there has not been an extended period of low temperatures. He says residents in affected areas should continue to take precautions against mosquito bites.

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