Deer in Eaton County Test Positive for EEE
Deer season in Michigan. It's a tradition. And since October 1st, we're already in the middle of archery hunting (Oct. 1 - Nov. 14, 2019 and Dec. 1, 2019 - Jan. 1, 2020). The regular firearm season kicks off Nov. 15-30, 2019. You can find out all your Michigan Deer Hunting dates and FAQs HERE.
Usually, Michigan hunters have to deal with some deer related illnesses. Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is always top of mind. And this year, the state is spending $4.7 million dollars to combat this "zombie" deer disease. (Detroit Free Press)
But now, we've got a new danger facing our hunters and their prey. And it's a holdover from this past summer.
Deer found in Eaton County tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
The Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) was notified on 10/18/2019 that a deer found in Eaton County on 9/10/2019 tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). This is the first confirmed animal case of EEE in Eaton County. There have been no human cases of EEE reported in Eaton County. In Barry County, 1 human and 5 animal cases have been confirmed. Based on this information, BEDHD encourages residents of both Barry and Eaton County to continue to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites. According to Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), 55 cases of EEE have been confirmed in 17 counties. EEE has been confirmed in 10 humans, and 45 animals. (Barry-Eaton District Health Dept)
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