Health officials urge protection against rare mosquito-borne virus

Elkhart Truth file photo Since mid-August, three horses and one group of mosquitoes from Elkhart County have tested positive for the eastern equine encephalitis virus, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. No human cases of EEE virus disease have been reported in Indiana in 2019; however, three human cases have been reported in southwest Michigan this year, one of which was fatal. 

INDIANAPOLIS — State health officials are urging Indiana residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites in response to the detection of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus activity in northern Indiana.

Since mid-August, three horses and one group of mosquitoes from Elkhart County have tested positive for the EEE virus, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. No human cases of EEE virus disease have been reported in Indiana in 2019; however, three human cases have been reported in southwest Michigan this year, one of which was fatal.

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