Tuscola County horse dies from EEE

(TUSCOLA COUNTY) – A horse from Tuscola County has died after contracting Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

According to Tuscola County health department officials, the horse, from the Cass City area, was not vaccinated for EEE. The horse died and was tested for the disease in the last week of September.

Health Department officials say Tuscola County’s mosquito abatement operations have ended for the season. Aerial spraying took place in 14 counties due to EEE conerns.

No mosquitos in Tuscola County tested positive for West Nile virus, EEE or St. Louis Encephalitis in 2019, according to the county’s health department.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said that as of October 8, there have been 26 laboratory-confirmed cases of EEE in Michigan animals.

Twenty-four of those cases involved horses, and two cases involved dogs.

Four people have died from contracting EEE in Michigan in 2019.