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· He was ‘perfectly healthy’ before the mosquito bite. Nine days later, he was brain dead.
… Twenty-one people in six states have been diagnosed with EEE this year, and five people have died, the Associated Press reported…
· Michigan advises against outdoor activity due to deadly mosquito-borne virus
… “We are taking this really seriously as a public health threat,” Bob Wheaton, public information officer with MDHHS, said in an interview with MLive Wednesday, Sept. 18…
He was ‘perfectly healthy’ before the mosquito bite. Nine days later, he was brain dead.
By Marisa Iati, The Washington Post
September 19, 2019
A Michigan man reportedly “went from perfectly healthy to brain dead” in nine days after he contracted the rare, mosquito-borne virus Eastern equine encephalitis during an uptick in cases this year.
Officials in Kalamazoo County on Sept. 6 said a resident infected with EEE, also known as “sleeping sickness,” had died. The family of Gregg McChesney, 64, identified him to News 8 as the victim and said he had been helping to install docks in a pond less than a month before he died on Aug. 19.
“He was perfectly healthy, happy human being, and within a matter of nine days he went from perfectly healthy to brain dead,” McChesney’s younger brother, Mark McChesney, told News 8 on Tuesday. “All of a sudden he had a seizure, and next thing you know, he’s in the ER and he just never came out of it.”
Doctors confirmed several days after the elder McChesney’s passing that he had contracted EEE, News 8 reported. McChesney is among at least seven people who were infected with EEE in Michigan in July, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.
Twenty-one people in six states have been diagnosed with EEE this year, and five people have died, the Associated Press reported. Those counts reflect an uptick from the annual average of seven EEE-related illnesses and three deaths...
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Michigan advises against outdoor activity due to deadly mosquito-borne virus
By Kayla Miller, MLive.com (MI)
Sep 18, 2019
State health officials have advised residents in eight counties to avoid being outdoors during evening hours after three people died of a mosquito-borne disease in Michigan amid what officials are calling the “worst outbreak” in more than a decade.
How that advice might affect events planned in those communities is less clear, with local school districts and other institutions still discussing whether they will take advice to cancel or postpone evening outdoor activities.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, in a news release sent Tuesday, Sept. 17, warned the public to avoid outdoor activities at dusk and encouraged local leaders in eight counties to postpone any outdoor events because of the risk of Eastern equine encephalitis. The eight counties included in the advisory are: Barry, Berrien, Cass, Genesee, Kalamazoo, Lapeer, St. Joseph and Van Buren.
“We are taking this really seriously as a public health threat,” Bob Wheaton, public information officer with MDHHS, said in an interview with MLive Wednesday, Sept. 18.
The number of human cases of Eastern equine encephalitis confirmed so far this year is “relatively uncommon,” Wheaton said. The last time the state had a “significant number” of cases was in 2002 when six human cases of EEE were reported, he said.
Wheaton said he does not know the last time the state issued a similar advisory for residents to avoid evening activities and for community leaders to consider canceling or postponing events.
“It’s very uncommon,” Wheaton said. “It indicates the seriousness of the situation.”
The region is experiencing the “worst (EEE) outbreak” in more than a decade, state officials said in Tuesday’s release.
A total of seven human cases of the disease have been confirmed in Barry, Cass, Van Buren, Berrien and Kalamazoo counties. Three fatalities due to the disease were confirmed in Kalamazoo, Cass and Van Buren counties.
The state’s advisory also...