Rare Mosquito 'EEE' Virus Suspectedly Found in Michigan Adult, Kills Humans up to 33%

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A newly-infected virus is now frightening Michigan people in the state, aside from the coronavirus pandemic. The disease is known as 'EEE,' or Triple E that stands for Eastern equine encephalitis is a rare mosquito-borne virus with a human fatality chance of up to 33%. Interestingly, the virus is not just dangerous to humans. 

New virus allegedly found in Michigan, United States

Rare Mosquito 'EEE' Virus Suspectedly Found in Michigan Adult, Kills Humans up to 33%

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Rare Mosquito 'EEE' Virus Suspectedly Found in Michigan Adult, Kills Humans up to 33%

Health officials from Michigan state announced Tuesday, Sept. 15, that an adult man from the region is now under strict supervision in the hospital over a possible EEE infection. 

The virus, also known as Triple E, is one of the fatal mosquito-borne diseases in the United States. The man who was not identified, once confirmed with the disease, will be the first positive EEE patient located in Michigan. 

So far, in 2019, EEE mosquito disease infected at least 38 in the country. Most time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found at least seven positive EEE patients all over America. 

Also, according to the health agency, EEE virus typically targets the neurologic health of a person. This means the infection could cause brain infections.

The infection could occur in a human being for at least four to ten days. Just like SARS-CoV-2, however, this virus may also trigger asymptomatic patients (without symptoms). 

The EEE virus can kill a human being for at least 33% fatality chances. 

Here are the possible signs of the virus:

Fever Headache Vomiting Diarrhea Seizures Behavioral changes Drowsiness Coma

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Michigan cancels outdoor events

In line with the virus prevention, Michigan state urges citizens to cancel or postpone outdoor events that could increase their chances of acquiring the infection. 

"MDHHS continues to encourage local officials in the affected counties to consider postponing, rescheduling or canceling outdoor activities occurring at or after dusk, particularly those involving children, to reduce the potential for people to be bitten by mosquitoes," said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS, in a statement.

90% of horses die due to EEE virus

Rare Mosquito 'EEE' Virus Suspectedly Found in Michigan Adult, Kills Humans up to 33%

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Rare Mosquito 'EEE' Virus Suspectedly Found in Michigan Adult, Kills Humans up to 33%

Aside from humans, horses also have higher chances of acquiring the virus. In fact, the study shows 90% of horses die that have acquired EEE infection.As of now, there is still no cure nor vaccine against this particular disease. Humans can also die from two to ten days, starting from the day they've shown signs. 

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