MosquitoEEE’s Are Deadly

Gregg McChesney (L) and Mark McChesney (R) via CNN

Gregg McChesney (L) and Mark McChesney (R) via CNN

Abigail Townsend, Staff

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When exploring, it is always important to take the necessary precautions to stay protected against anything that could potentially put your life at risk. In Michigan, it has been confirmed by Dr. Joneigh Khaldun that they are  facing the worst case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) outbreak seen in a very long time. It consists of people having to endure disorientation, vomiting, seizures, and can even be put into a coma. The state has officially confirmed seven total cases this year including three deaths from this deadly virus. Even though it is rare, there is still a chance that you could be affected. In fact, five to ten human cases are reported each year and with those cases reported, 30% resulted in death. One specific case is when a perfectly healthy man named Gregg McChesney who was only 64 years old at the time, died less than 2 weeks after contracting this mosquito-borne virus. Before he died, he had to go through some of the terrible reactions that come with this virus including having a seizure and shortly after, going completely brain dead. Michigan’s plan to help control this outbreak is by informing people of the necessary steps that need to be taken to help prevent this from going any further or harming anyone else. They stated that you should be using EPA-registered insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants while you are outside. However when you are indoors they said that checking for holes in screens on windows or doors give you a better chance of keeping mosquitoes out. The most drastic change was implemented by the MDHHS which is encouraging everyone in the affected counties to consider canceling all outdoor events that were planned closer to dusk until the temperature begins to drastically decrease.