EEE death count jumps to 11

Michigan health officials confirmed the state's fourth Eastern equine encephalitis death Oct. 2, according to local NBC affiliate ClickOnDetroit. 

The mosquito-borne virus has been confirmed in nine people in six Michigan counties, with the most recent death reported in Calhoun County. The Michigan EEE outbreak is the state's worst in more than ten years.

Officials in Connecticut also announced the state's third EEE-related death Oct.1, Time reported. Eleven people have died from EEE this year, with four deaths reported in Michigan, three in Massachusetts, three in Connecticut and one in Rhode Island. Nationwide, health officials have reported about 30 cases of EEE in 2019, marking the highest number of human cases seen in the U.S. since 1964, when the CDC began tracking EEE cases.  

EEE can cause a rare brain infection and has a 30 percent fatality rate, according to the CDC.

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The mosquito-borne virus has been confirmed in nine people in six Michigan counties, with the most recent death reported in Calhoun County. The Michigan EEE outbreak is the state's worst in more than ten years.

Officials in Connecticut also announced the state's third EEE-related death Oct.1, Time reported. Eleven people have died from EEE this year, with four deaths reported in Michigan, three in Massachusetts, three in Connecticut and one in Rhode Island. Nationwide, health officials have reported about 30 cases of EEE in 2019, marking the highest number of human cases seen in the U.S. since 1964, when the CDC began tracking EEE cases.

EEE can cause a rare brain infection and has a 30 percent fatality rate, according to the CDC.

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