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Ark. Teen Battling Rare Infection at Children's Hospital

Doctors believe 13-year-old Coleman Pearson is suffering from eastern equine encephalitis, an extremely rare illness passed on to humans from mosquitoes.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- A Sevier County teenager battling a rare infection is in critical condition at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Doctors believe 13-year-old Coleman Pearson is suffering from eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), an extremely rare illness passed on to humans from mosquitoes.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the illness can cause brain swelling and seizures, and is fatal in roughly 30 percent of all cases.

CDC data up until 2010 says an average of six cases are reported each year in the United States, mostly in the Atlantic and Gulf Coast states.

Loved ones are using the Facebook page "Prayers for Coleman" to update the public on his condition.
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