Transcript for Mosquito-borne virus threat grows with 2 new deaths
Now to a growing concerns about the spread of a deadly mosquito-borne virus known as eee. Two new deaths reported in Michigan and cases have turned deadly in other states as well and Paula Faris is here with the story for us. Good morning, robin. It's a little scary. Two more deaths related to a dangerous mosquito-borne illness. Eastern equine encephalitis, otherwise known as eee, it is spreading across southwest Michigan and there have been at least 17 cases that we've seen so far in four states total. But in Michigan at least two of the cases have been fatal. Health officials there are now urging residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites as they've seen seven confirmed cases just since July. Now, while eee is rare according to the CDC nearly a third of the cases are fatal with many survivors experiencing permanent neurological damage. Authorities asking residents to just cancel or postpone outdoor events during the evening especially activities that involve children and there are a lot of outdoor activities involving children right now. The worst outer banks in that region in over a decade. You got to heed that warning. Thank you. Coming up, everybody,
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