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Eastern Equine Encephalitis Is Confirmed in a St. Joseph County Equine

Friday September 2, 2022

Both horse owners and Michigan residents need to take precautions

Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has been notified by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Laboratories of a confirmed case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in St. Joseph County. This discovery underscores the need for both horse owners and Michigan residents to take precautions.

“We are reminding residents to take precautions to protect themselves and their horses from mosquito bites.  In this case, the animal was an unvaccinated 3-year old filly who has died from the infection,” says Paul Andriacchi, Director of Environmental Health at the Community Health Agency. “Vaccination of horses can prevent EEE and West Nile Virus which are both mosquito-borne diseases.”

To protect your animals:

To protect yourself and your family:

Overall, mosquito-borne illnesses, like EEE, will continue to pose a risk to both animals and humans until late fall when nighttime temperatures consistently fall below freezing. For more information about how to protect yourself from EEE and other mosquito transmitted diseases, visit www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is committed to promoting wellness, preventing disease, providing health care, and protecting the environment.