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Fourth horse diagnosed with EEE

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has informed the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency of a new animal case of EEE in St. Joseph County.

This brings the total number of known cases of EEE in St. Joseph county to four; all four in horses. To combat this disease, aerial spraying of insecticide has been completed in areas of the state where EEE cases have been confirmed.

The latest horse diagnosed had first presented symptoms Sept. 23, prior to treatment beginning. Areas where aerial spraying has been completed in St. Joseph County include northeastern Burr Oak Township.

Additional areas of the state have been treated as identified in the Aerial Treatment Zones Map.

As of Oct. 4, EEE has been confirmed in nine people, with four fatalities. Those cases are in Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties.

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