WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A mother from North Carolina warned the public about the harm of a bug bite after her son spent almost a week in the hospital after being bitten by one.
- The 6-year-old boy almost died from La Crosse encephalitis, an infection caused by a mosquito bite.
- LoriAnne Surrett shared Noah’s ordeal in a Facebook post, urging other parents to use insect spray.
LoriAnne Surrett, a mother from North Carolina, shared her family’s experience on a Facebook post after her son, Noah, was bitten by a mosquito while playing outside.
Surrett said she got “the scariest call of my life,” when her mother-in-law told her “something is wrong, Noah’s not acting right.”
The six-year-old boy started complaining about a headache on a Saturday but on the next day, his grandmother had to call 911 when they noticed that Noah “wasn’t himself [and] something ain’t right.” Surrett and her husband immediately drove to her in-laws’ place, where Noah and his older brothers stayed overnight.
“[The] EMS was already there and checking him out, Noah’s lips were blue, eyes fixed looking up and was completely limp. He had a seizure,” she wrote in the lengthy Facebook post.
“I panicked and everyone else did. They carried him to the ambulance and checked his temperature, it was 102.3. They thought it may have been a [febrile] seizure,” she continued.”
A spinal tap revealed that the boy had La Crosse encephalitis, a rare disease which can cause swelling of the brain—causing the headaches Noah had complained about. People get the infection through a mosquito bite.
Noah was admitted to the hospital’s pediatric ICU.
“I am a mother of 5 boys and I am a firm believer in bug spray and all that [to] keep the bugs away and it still happened to my little man,” Noah’s mother wrote.
“Noah is a spunky little dude that sickness never brings him down so this is breaking all of our hearts,” she added.
After almost a week in the hospital fighting for his life, Noah is back home with his parents and four brothers.
“There [were] so many times it went through my mind, not knowing if he was going to make it,” Surrett wrote while Noah was still at the hospital.
La Crosse encephalitis is classified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a rare disease with only about 63 cases reported in the U.S. each year. Symptoms include fever, headache, and nausea, which takes 5-15 days to manifest. In severe cases, encephalitis or inflammation of the brain occurs mostly in young children, often accompanied by seizures.