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ELKHART, Ind.–A person in Elkhart County has died from Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

It happened over the weekend. EEE is contracted through a mosquito bite.  

It’s the first case of a person from Indiana dying from it in over two decades. It’s the first human case since 1998.  

The Centers for Disease Control says about 5 to 10 human cases of EEE are reported across the country every year. 

Symptoms of EEE include chills, fever, body aches, and joint pain. Doctors say EEE can be fatal about a third of the time. 

Infections of EEE are rare in humans but can be fatal for some who get it. Some who have contracted EEE and survived it have reported ongoing neurological issues.  

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