Michigan farmer dies from EEE complications

In this Aug. 26, 2019, file photo, Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District biologist Nadja Reissen examines a mosquito in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Mich (WTHR) — A southwestern Michigan farmer has died from complications of Eastern Equine Encphalities (EEE).

WNDU reported that Jim Whitright died Saturday from complications to the mosquito-borne virus. The St. Joseph County Coroner's Office confirmed the virus.

Whitright and a fellow farmer, Bill Teichman, both battled the serious illness.

Teichman's condition is unclear at this time.

Ten people in Michigan have been infected with EEE this year alone. EEE has fatality rate of roughly 33 percent in people.

Symptoms include chills, fever, malaise, arthralgia, and muscle pain.

The use of insect repellent with DEET, Picaridin, or IR3535 is an effective way to prevent mosquito bites and lower your risk for contracting EEE virus.