12-Year-Old Boy Marks Fifth Child Hospitalized With La Crosse Encephalitis In Month


UPDATED: Wednesday August 21, 2013 5:00 PM

A 12-year-old boy is recovering at Nationwide Children's Hospital after contracting encephalitis.

Jacob Richmond of Piketon is the fifth child to be treated for La Crosse encephalitis there in the past month.

Dr. Dennis Cunningham said the other four have returned home.

"This has not been a heavy summer for La Crosse," Cunningham said. "Your chances are far higher of getting hurt crossing the street or riding in a car. I do think it's prudent for parents to put some bug repellant, especially mosquito repellant, on their kids - especially if they're going to be outside."

The virus for La Crosse encephalitis is carried by mosquitos and can cause symptoms of headaches, nausea and eye pain.

The doctor said that 90 percent of the time, people who are bitten by an infected mosquito never get sick.

Instead, it's as if they are inoculated against the disease.
 
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