The health officials in Michigan have confirmed a fifth case of EEE or Eastern equine encephalitis in the state.
The health officials in Michigan have said that a resident of Cass County had succumbed to the illness.
An additional case of the disease has been confirmed in Allegan County in a Horse according to the officials.
The disease has been confirmed in as many as nine people in the state of Michigan in Berrien, Cass, Barry, Calhoun, Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties.
A lot of animals from Barry, Calhoun, Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Jackson, Genesee, Kent, Kalamazoo, Livingston, Lapeer, Newaygo, Montcalm, Van Buren and St. Joseph counties have also been diagnosed with EEE.
The officials have said that the risk of the EEE virus continues until and unless there is a continuous period of temperatures which are freezing and the authorities have urged the residents to keep taking the precautions they have been taking against the mosquito bites.
A resident from the Calhoun County had died from the disease earlier in the month. The three deaths that had been reported in the month of September had also been related to the illness.
EEE is a disease which is caused due to the spread of a virus from mosquitoes which are infected and can cause the inflammation of the human brain.
The virus is transmitted only through the bite of a mosquito that has been infected and the transmission is not possible directly from one human to another.
Close to 4-5% of the human infections from the EEE virus ultimately result in the disease.
After the mosquito bite, it takes from 4 days to 10 days to develop the symptoms of the disease in an infected person.