A Michigan man, who was perfectly healthy, died last month 9 days after a rare virus from a mosquito bite.
Gregg McChesney, 64, a Michigan artist, died in August 2019, after his 9-day battle with Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Wood TV reported.
EEE is a very rare, potentially deadly mosquito-borne virus, which causes brain infections and neurological problems.
“He was a perfectly healthy, happy human being and within a matter of nine days, he went from perfectly healthy to brain dead,” according to his younger brother, Mark McChesney.
Mark said that Gregg suddenly had a seizure and was rushed to the emergency department, New York Post reported.
Michigan health officials said there have been 7 confirmed cases of EEE in humans this year; it’s the worst outbreak since 2002.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of EEE begin to show within 4-10 days of infection from a mosquito bite. They include fever, chills, headache, drowsiness, diarrhea, convulsions, coma—and in approximately a third of cases, death.
Those who recover from the illness can be facing debilitating lifelong brain infections and physical impairments.
There is currently no vaccine against this illness.