Health officials confirm person in Elkhart Co. dead from EEE

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A person in Elkhart County, Indiana, is dead after contracting the deadly mosquito-borne virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE, according to WNDU.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, confirmed it to Indiana health officials.

Officials have not immediately released a name or where in the county it happened.

This is the first human case in Indiana since 1998 and only the 4th reported since 1964.

The CDC says 5 to 10 human cases of EEE are reported nationwide every year.

EEE so far has been found in more than a dozen horses in Northern Indiana this year.

There’s also been multiple cases in Southwest Michigan, with humans and animals getting infected with EEE.