An Indiana resident has died from the rare but severe mosquito-borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), health officials announced over the weekend.
The resident was from Elkhart County. His or her case marks the first human in the state since 1998, according to the Journal Gazette, which also noted that the case was the fourth in the state of Hoosier since 1964.
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"It's hard to imagine losing a loved one because of a mosquito bite, but unfortunately mosquitoes carry diseases that can be life-threatening," Dr. Kris Box, state health commissioner, in a statement, according to The Journal Gazette.
Symptoms of a severe EEE infection "begin with the sudden onset of headaches, high fever, chills and vomiting," says the CDC.
There is no specific treatment for infection; Antibiotics are not effective and no antiviral drugs have been discovered so far.
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prevention of other infections, "the federal health agency says. On average, five to 10 cases are reported by the EEE each year in the United States
A spokesman for the Indiana State Department of Health did not immediately return Fox News & # 39; s request for comment on Monday.