A man from Michigan went from “perfectly healthy to brain dead” in nine days after contracting a rare-mosquito-borne disease, according to a local report.
Gregg McChesney, 64, died last month after a “nine-day illness,” according to his obituary. McChesney, of Kalamazoo County, reportedly died from Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). The disease is sometimes called Triple E, or sleeping sickness.
“Late July, he was here at the farm helping me put docks in at the pond,” WOOD-TV reported McChesney's brother Mark as saying on Tuesday. “He was perfectly healthy, happy human being and within a matter of nine days he went from perfectly healthy to brain dead.”
He told the station that his brother had a seizure and “next thing you know, he’s in the ER and he just never came out of it.”
Several days after Gregg McChesney had died, doctors reportedly confirmed that he had the mosquito-borne illness EEE.
“Right off the bat, we were like: ‘How could this happen? What did happen?'” Mark McChesney reportedly said. “We just didn’t know and the doctors were just doing everything they could to try to say it was this or that, and they just couldn’t figure it out.”
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) tweeted on Tuesday that four additional cases of EEE have been confirmed in southwest Michigan, including two that were fatal.