mosquito-bite CDC La Crosse virus - child

POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS — La Crosse encephalitis is the most common mosquito-borne disease in NC and predominately affects children. WCU received a $150K grant to study environmental and behavioral risk factors for La Crosse encephalitis in WNC.

When people get a mosquito bite, there is probably some itching and a red, swollen mark that is gone in a few days. But for some, particularly young children, a mosquito bite can be much more severe.

Mosquitoes can transmit viruses that cause several diseases including La Crosse encephalitis. Typically, La Crosse has mild or no symptoms, but when the brain starts to swell, causing encephalitis, things can take a deadly turn.

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