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Rare virus transmitted by mosquitoes has made its way to Indiana

The CDC has confirmed Eastern Equine Encephalitis has made it's way into Indiana. One person in Indiana has died after contracting the virus.

Posted: Oct 12, 2019 10:19 PM
Updated: Oct 13, 2019 10:40 PM

ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - Health officials confirm a person in Indiana has died from a rare mosquito-borne virus.

This is the first case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Indiana since 1998. This new case comes out of Elkhart County in northern Indiana.

EEE is transmitted by mosquitoes. It's been found in several horses in northern Indiana this year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are typically only 5 to 10 human cases each year.

Health officials say you can protect yourself. Avoid being outdoors while mosquitoes are active, use bug spray and keep your skin covered.

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