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Eastern Equine Encephalitis Found In Eaton County Deer

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A deer found dead in the Charlotte area tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. This was the first time the deadly virus has appeared in Eaton County.

The mosquito-borne virus has been confirmed in ten humans and 45 animals in Michigan this year, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Milea Burgstahler is with the Barry-Eaton District Health Department. She suggests using a bug spray that contains DEET to prevent getting the virus. “If you’re going to be outside," Burgstahler explains, "avoid if possible being out between the hours of dusk and dawn, when mosquitos are most active.”

Burgstahler also advises wearing long pants, socks and long-sleeved shirts when outdoors.

There will be no aerial spraying for mosquitos in Eaton County.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 30% of people with EEE die, and many survivors have neurological problems.

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