Cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in 2020 are outpacing those from 2019. EEE is one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases in U.S. that can affect humans and animals.
This year, cases have been discovered in 9 counties (Barry, Clare, Isabella, Jackson, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo, and Oakland), confirmed in 19 animals.
Horse owners and the general public need to take responsible, proactive steps to protect themselves and their animals, including vaccination of horses. The general public should take precautions including eliminating standing water, maintaining screens, using insect-repellent, and wearing long sleeves and pants while outdoors.