Otsego County horse infected with eastern equine encephalitis

GAYLORD — Northern Michigan residents are being reminded by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan to protect themselves from mosquito bites following the discovery of a horse infected with the virus that causes Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE, in Otsego County.  

The discovery in Otsego County follows a report by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of an EEE-positive horse from the Gaylord area and underscores the need for both Michigan residents and horse owners to take precautions.  

This discovery indicates that the EEE virus is here in Northern Michigan and provides warning that residents could also become infected. Residents need to protect themselves from mosquito bites as EEE is one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases in the U.S., with a 33% fatality rate among humans who become ill.