U.S. Boy's Death Highlights Rare Mosquito-Borne Infection

April 17, 2015 1:00 PM

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FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The death from encephalitis of a 6-year-old Tennessee boy has led researchers to a better understanding of the mosquito-borne virus that killed the child.

La Crosse virus, transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito, often causes no symptoms. But severe cases may involve encephalitis, a type of brain inflammation usually triggered by infection.

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