According to the Detroit Free Press, the number of human and animal EEE cases in the state continues to grow.

A new human case of the rare but dangerous virus also known as EEE or Triple E was confirmed in Cass County and five new animal cases were identified in horses in Jackson, Kent and Tuscola counties.

That brings the total number of people in Michigan with confirmed EEE illnesses to 10 this year.

In an average year, there are seven cases of EEE nationally, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Those sickened by the virus in Michigan were from Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties. Of them, four people have died. Please click on the above link for more information.