Mum warns parents about the life-threatening dangers from insect-bourne infections after her son nearly died.

Six-year-old Noah was hospitalised last weekend when he had a seizure after complaining of a headache.

“Noah’s lips were blue, eyes fixed looking up and was completely limp, he had a seizure,” LoriAnne Surrett said on Facebook.

Doctors confirmed her little boy was suffering from La Crosse Encephalitis, one of a group of mosquito-transmitted viruses that can cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain.


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The mother-of-five from Waynesville, North Carolina in the US, said she and her husband took precautions to prevent mosquito bites, like using insect spray, but Noah was still bitten.

“Noah is a spunky little dude that sickness never brings him down so this is breaking all of our hearts,” she wrote.

She told local TV news WLOS that watching him being rushed to hospital was “the scariest thing I’ve every been through in my life”.

She said doctors were hopeful Noah will make a full recovery and he is expected to spend at least five more days in hospital.

The latest update is that Noah is awake and doing well.

“He finally woke up and was responding to me, he talked about snakes, the fire he saw on the tv, and how he wanted to go home. He slept about 3 hours and hes up again and almost back asleep… prayers are working he still has a ways to go but after 5 days not hearing that sweet little voice I swear it was the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard.”

By sharing her son’s story, the woman hoped to warn other parents about the potential dangers of mosquito-bourne viruses.

Mosquitoes in Australia also carry disease

Mosquitoes in Australia can also carry diseases that may be passed on to people through mosquito bites.

In Australia, some of these include Murray Valley encephalitis virus, Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus and dengue virus. Periods of heavy rainfall or floods can led to ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes, even in non-tropical areas.

Mosquito-borne diseases can make people ill and, in severe cases, can cause death.

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  • Very scary, glad he’s okay.

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  • Thank goodness the little man will be ok.

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  • I’m lucky that mosquitos tend to avoid me. With any luck my little one will be the same.

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  • Mosquitoes love me and I’m often bitten by them, as is my son. We make every effort when outside during summer and I freak out when any are in the home. There is often a chase to kill them. On recent trips to Asian countries we were extra careful too. I really worry about mozzie bites and what they can do to me. I’m glad this little fella is going to be okay.

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  • Have never thought about the dangers but this has made me more cautious

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  • I remember as a child never worrying much about mosquito bites. I’m much more afraid and concerned now.

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  • Poor boy. Mosquitos are getting bad here too.

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  • Is this an advert for toxic insect repellent? Bit of scaremongering here, considering it is an article from USA. Yes we do have some mosiquito’s that carry some disease in Australia but no one dies from them.

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  • It’s a know fact and has been for years that they carry diseases. Glad he made a full recovery

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  • I was allergic to mosquitoes as a child and they loved me so I could only imagine what these parents felt.

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  • What a scary experience !! Glad to hear Noah is recovering well !

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  • Mossies cause so many horrible diseases like this and ross river.

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  • So happy to read this was in America. I would be freaking out if it was here in Australia because we have oodles of mossies during summer


    • It is scary and people need to be careful in Australia too. I’ve had several friends sick with Ross river fever and it takes them
      So long to recover.

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