Indiana confirms the first death of rare mosquito-borne electrical and electronic equipment, as the 58-year-old from Massachusetts is FOURTH, who died of the virus in the worst outbreak of the state since 1956. Eastern equine encephalitis on Friday  The rare disease is transmitted by infected mosquitoes and kills one-third of sufferers.
Scott Mosman, 58 (pictured), from Taunton, Massachusetts, died of the rare mosquito-borne disease Eastern Equine Encephalitis on Friday
A fourth Massachusetts resident is suffering from the rare mosquito-borne disease Eastern Equine Encephalitis ( EEE), which has raised the nationwide death toll to 13.
The victim is 58-year-old Scott Mosman from Taunton Friday's Taunton Daily Gazette reported.
According to his family, he contracted the virus in September and was transferred to hospice care two weeks ago.
In an obituary Mosman was described as an environmental engineer who loved sailing, mountain biking and animals.
Death has not yet been confirmed by the State Ministry of Health.
Mosman's death marks the fourth death by EEE in the Commonwealth of 12 confirmed cases.
There were four more deaths in Michigan, three in Connecticut and one in Rhode Island.
On Tuesday, Indiana just confirmed the first death of his state.
The growing death toll in Massachusetts has led the state to classify more communities as threatened by the virus.
At present 35 municipalities are classified as critical risk, 53 municipalities are classified as endangered and 121 as endangered.  The outbreak of the Massachusetts virus is the worst since 1956.
Last month, US Senators Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren requested an investigation from the National Institutes of Health into Electrical and Electronic Equipment A virus infected by Mosquitoes is transmitted to humans.
It was first discovered in Massachusetts in 1831 and usually affects about the same number of horses and people per year: about five to ten.
There is a vaccine for horses that become infected with the virus but not with humans.
Most cases occur between the late spring and early fall along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
Mosman's family says he was infected with the virus in September before being transferred to hospice care two weeks ago. Pictured: Mosman, left, with his son Justin
His death is the fourth in the state this year, bringing the total number of deaths to 13, with four more deaths in Michigan, three in Connecticut, one in Indiana and one in Rhode Island.
Most people do not develop symptoms, but those who do so may experience chills. Fever, headache and vomiting.
Occasionally, the disease can lead to seizures or life-threatening brain swelling (encephalitis).
There is no cure and treatments consist of supportive therapy such as respiratory support and intravenous fluids.  About one-third of people with electrical and electronic equipment die from the disease, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The health authorities recommend that residents protect themselves with long-sleeved clothes and pants and insect repellant while walking outside.
They also suggest releasing stagnant water from places like bird baths and buckets, as mosquitoes are attracted to still water.
Mosman's teenage son, Justin, has launched a GoFundMe page to raise funds for EEE research. As of Tuesday morning, nearly $ 3,000 was raised from a target of $ 150,000.