Arkansas Teen Treated For Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Oct 19, 2013

A 13-year-old Arkansas boy is being treated for what is believed to be a rare case of Eastern equine encephalitis.

The Texarkana Gazette reports that Coleman Pearson of Ben Lomond is being treated at Arkansas Children's Hospital and is improving after becoming ill in September.

State health officials say the condition has not been confirmed by the federal Centers for Disease Control - but would be the first human case of Eastern equine encephalitis in Arkansas in the more than 50 years the state has been keeping records.

The CDC's web site says the disease is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito and causes inflammation of the brain. There is no specific treatment and care is based on symptoms that can include disorientation, seizures, or coma.