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    Parents cautioned to ?fight the bite' after LaCrosse cases
    By Nathaniel Axtell
    Times-News Staff Writer
    Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 4:30 a.m.
    Last Modified: Monday, September 9, 2013 at 6:47 p.m.

    A child stricken with LaCrosse encephalitis in Transylvania County and another confirmed victim in Polk County have public health officials warning parents not to let down their guard when it comes to mosquito bite prevention.

    Health officials report that a child contracted LaCrosse encephalitis in July in Transylvania County, which typically averages three to four cases of the mosquito-born "arbovirus" each year.

    The Polk County Health Department had one LaCrosse case confirmed in August, one of five known statewide. Nursing Supervisor Helen White wouldn't disclose the victim's age, but said the case "was acquired out of state and the patient has fully recovered..."