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She contracted a mosquito bite and died 6 days later




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Laurie Sylvia went bad last Monday. Less than a week later, the 59-year-old from Massachusetts died of a rare mosquito-borne illness. Sylvia, who passed away on Sunday, is the fourth person in the state to suffer from Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) this month. This is remarkable, considering that on average only seven people a year contract the virus across the country, reports People . Since this year, Massachusetts has not seen a human case since 201

3. Cases typically occur in Massachusetts, Florida, New York and North Carolina. All four August cases occurred in Bristol County, though Sylvia was a brokerage agent working in several counties, so her husband is not sure where she signed the contract.

The virus, which initially causes chills, fever, a stiff neck, headaches, lethargy, and joint pain, was found in 330 mosquito samples from across the state. The counties of Bristol and Plymouth have completed spraying mosquitoes from the air, while other state counties will do likewise, reports NBC Boston. However, officials continue to urge residents to take personal precautions against mosquito bites, especially in the 23 communities where there is a critical risk for electrical and electronic equipment, where 22 are at high risk and 52 at medium risk. A recovery of the virus is possible if it does not reach the central nervous system, but kills one third of those affected and others are mentally or physically disabled. "I just do not understand how such a beautiful person can be taken so fast," wrote Sylvia's daughter on Facebook. "I was not finished yet." (Girl, 2, dies after tick bite.)

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