Case of Mosquito-Borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis Leads to Death in Fairhaven

A local woman in Fairhaven, Massachusetts woman, passed away on Sunday from rare Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus - becoming the fourth person in the state to contract the brain-swelling mosquito-borne illness which left another man in a coma.

Laurie Sylvia, 59, fell ill last Monday and by Saturday she had died of eastern equine encephalitis virus.

A man over 60 years old also fell into a coma from the virus this month.

They are among four people in Massachusetts who have been diagnosed with the rare but fatal disease, leaving the state on high alert.

The condition is caused by a bite from an infected mosquito and causes life-threatening brain swelling, killing 30-50 percent of those infected.

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