- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

OSWEGO, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York resident has died from the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus.

The Oswego County Health Department confirmed the death of the person on Thursday.

The person, an adult resident of the Town of Albion who was hospitalized in September, is the first human case of the mosquito-borne virus this year in Oswego County.

Health officials say they won’t release the identity of the victim.

The death is the seventh from the virus in central New York since 1971. An elderly Salina man died earlier this month after contracting EEE.

The virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito and can cause inflammation of the brain. Initial symptoms usually start within five to 15 days after the bite and can include fever, headache and vomiting.

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