Kent County officials have announced that a deer in the county has tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis.

This is the first case of the rare mosquito-borne illness in the county. Thus far, there have been no confirmed cases of the illness in Kent County. However, it has been found in humans in nearby counties.

The Kent County Health Department has advised residents to reschedule any outdoor activities that happen at or after dusk until West Michigan receives its first frost of the year.

Michigan has had eight confirmed human cases of EEE so far this year. Three of those cases proved to be fatal.

The health department also advises residents to be sure to use bug spray containing DEET and wear long pants and sleeves if you are outdoors during the evening hours.

Local school districts have postponed or rescheduled several evening events.