Next year, even more people will be affected. A fifth person in Michigan has died of the rare but dangerous mosquito-borne Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), state health officials announced this week. EEE — a rare disease spread by infected mosquitoes — is known to cause brain inflammation. Survivors typically have mild to severe brain damage, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One-third of those infected with EEE die. Rare EEE virus kills 5th Michigan resident, officials say More information about the pandemic nature of this Eastern Equine Encephalitis here: Frequently Asked Questions | Eastern Equine Encephalitis | CDC Eastern equine encephalitis - Wikipedia From the United States Center for Disease Control, this warning for you to protect yourself from getting this heinous disease from a mosquito is as follows: How can people reduce the chance of getting infected with EEEV? Prevent mosquito bites. There is no vaccine or preventive drug. Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus on exposed skin and/or clothing. The repellent/insecticide permethrin can be used on clothing to protect through several washes. Always follow the directions on the package. Wear long sleeves and pants when weather permits. Have secure, intact screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out. Eliminate mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets, barrels, and other containers. Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out. Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren’t being used. I live in East Texas in the Pineywoods rainforest right next to a small lake where 3 small herds of deer use as their sleeping grounds, and my favorite repellant of all is REPEL MAX 40% etc. which I discovered 3 years ago. It outlasts anything else I've tried. I have an allergic reaction to mosquito bites, only one of which can sink my ship, so I like one that lasts for 8 hours plus, and the Repel product seems to know how we sweat in Texas in mosquito months which at any given time can span the 12-month calendar if Ma Nature gets sunny. So please, try to remember if you live south of the 40th parallel, go out prepared to offend the offenders and smite the mighty mosquitoes and the deadly diseases they carry. May God go with you and protect you from this mind-altering disease. Yep. Permanent brain damage is one of its claims.