Rhode Island patient dies from rare mosquito-borne infection

Rhode Island health officials on Sept. 9 confirmed the state's first Eastern equine encephalitis death since 2007, reports CNN.

The individual died Sept. 8 after contracting the rare mosquito-borne virus. The illness marked Rhode Island's first human case since 2010.

Two other people have died from EEE this year in Massachusetts and Michigan.

EEE is spread by mosquitoes and can cause a rare, sometimes fatal brain infection in humans. The U.S. typically sees about seven human cases of EEE each year, 30 percent of which are fatal, according to the CDC.

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