(WWJ) There's another reason to protect yourself against mosquito bites: Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is confirming two cases of the virus -- commonly called Triple E, EEE or sleeping sickness -- in horses in Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties.
While there have been no human cases confirmed in Michigan, there's concern as people can be infected with EEE from the bite of a mosquito carrying the virus, which is a rare cause of potentially fatal brain infections.
"It has a 33% fatality rate fatality rate for humans who become ill," said Lynn Sutfin of the MDHHS, "and a 90% fatality rate for horses that become ill."
Sutfin said while there is a vaccine available for horses, there is no vaccine approved for people.
Meanwhile, WWJ's Dr. Deanna Lites reports West Nile Virus activity in Michigan has also increased in recent weeks.