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AR teen with suspected Eastern Equine Encephalitis dies

Coleman Pearson, 13, has died from what is suspected to be a rare case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Coleman Pearson, 13, has died from what is suspected to be a rare case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
ASHDOWN, AR (KSLA) -

An Arkansas teen being treated for what is believed to be a rare case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) as died.

A spokesperson for the Little Rock Children's Hospital where 13-year-old Coleman Pearson was being treated for the rare disease has confirmed that the teen passed away on Tuesday.

Pearson was a student at Ashdown Arkansas Junior High.  Due to HIPPA laws, the school district has not been able not say much about Coleman's condition, except that he came to school sick earlier this month.

Pearson played football for Ashdown Junior High and wore jersey #32. That number has been posted throughout the school in his honor.

On Monday, Principal James Jones said the whole community was coming together and offering prayers. "He is a wonderful kid very personable lot of friends at school he really enjoys the outdoors he is a member of our football team our eighth grade football team, and we really miss him," Jones said.

State health officials say the teen's 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.

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