When Leah was just 4 years old, she was bitten by a mosquito carrying La Crosse virus. Two days after complaining of a headache that would not go away, Leah’s family took her to the emergency room. Leah died in her parents’ arms three days later from La Crosse encephalitis.
Although rare, La Crosse encephalitis most often affects children under 16 years of age. It is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Most cases occur in the upper Midwestern, mid-Atlantic, and southeastern states. You can protect your family from La Crosse encephalitis by:
- Removing standing water around your home where mosquitoes lay their eggs
- Using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent
- Wearing loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts and pants
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Tell your healthcare provider immediately if your child or someone you know is experiencing any of the symptoms below, especially in the summer or fall.
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La Crosse virus causes a rare but serious disease and is spread by mosquitoes. The best way to protect your family is by removing standing water around your home and using EPA-registered insect repellent.
La Crosse virus is spread by mosquitoes and can cause serious illness in children under 16 years. Protect your family by removing standing water around your home where mosquitoes like to lay their eggs.
La Crosse virus is spread by mosquitoes and can cause serious illness in children under 16 years. Protect your family by wearing EPA-registered insect repellent when spending time outside.