Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

You may have heard about Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a serious illness spread by mosquitoes. Michigan has seen an increase in human cases and deaths due to EEE in 2019. This is a cause for concern and increased vigilance; however, EEE is very rare. 

EEE virus does not cause encephalitis (brain swelling) in everyone infected. This only occurs in a very small percentage of people who are infected. Most people infected with EEE virus develop a more mild illness or have no symptoms at all.

EEE virus has not been detected in Ingham County this year, but people are encouraged to take steps to prevent mosquito bites, especially when participating in outdoor evening activities.

ICHD Fact Sheet

Here is information from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services about preventing mosquito bites and arboviruses such as EEE.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has information available.