By Natalie Rahhal Deputy Health Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 18:18 BST, 18 September 2019 | Updated: 18:36 BST, 18 September 2019
Two more people have died of the surging mosquito-borne virus, Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in Michigan and another two cases have been confirmed, the state health department said Tuesday.
That brings Michigan's EEE death toll to three so far this year, according to its health department's weekly update.
In a typical year, there are only between five and 10 cases of EEE, an untreatable virus that can cause potentially life-threatening brain swelling, in the entire US.
But, likely fueled by rising temperatures and patterns in bird migrations, there have already been seven human cases in Michigan, 10 in New Jersey, three in Rhode Island, and eight in Massachusetts, where two have died.
Mosquitoes carry Eastern equine encephalitis, a virus that kills 30% of people that contract it, including two people whose deaths were confirmed this week in Michigan
Cases are more common on the East Coast of the US, mostly concentrated in Florida.
EEE thrives in warm swampy areas where standing water provides plentiful food and a fertile breeding ground.
So mosquitoes proliferate in swampy Florida, bite the birds that spend their winters there, which