Friday, September 27, 2019

For two of EEE's youngest victims, ages 5 and 6, the battle against the devastating virus goes on

For two of EEE's youngest victims, ages 5 and 6, the battle against the devastating virus goes on
Days after blowing out the candles on her birthday cake, 6-year-old Star Jackman posed in a pink floral jumpsuit and purple shoes adorned with rainbows and unicorns. She was ready to make her first-grade debut in Rhode Island. Miles away, in the Massachusetts town of Sudbury, 5-year-old Sophia Garabedian parted from her pup Rocky and headed to kindergarten.

Within days, the little girls' first-week jitters had been replaced with flu-like symptoms. By the following week, both lay in hospital beds surrounded by stuffed animals and saline drips. Eventually, spinal taps confirmed both had tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE.

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