She Fell Ill After Mosquito Bite, Was Dead 6 Days Later

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{NEWSER) – Laurie Sylvia started feeling sick last Monday. Less than a week later, the Massachusetts 59-year-old was dead, killed by a rare mosquito-borne illness. Sylvia, who died Sunday, is the fourth person in the state to contract eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) this month. That’s notable considering an average of just seven people typically contract the virus per year in the entire country, People reports. Before this year, Massachusetts hadn’t seen a human case since 2013. Cases typically occur in Massachusetts, Florida, New York, and North Carolina. All four of the August cases occurred in Bristol County, though Sylvia was a realtor who did business in several counties, so her husband isn’t certain where she contracted it.

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In this Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010 photo, a Cattail mosquito is held up for inspection at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute in South Portland, Maine. Cattail mosquitos can transmit Eastern equine… (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

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