A Massachusetts woman reportedly died from the rare but serious mosquito-borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus, her family says.
Family members of Laurie Sylvia, 59, of Bristol County, say she died of the virus over the weekend. The woman’s case reportedly marks the fourth in the state this year, according to NBC 10 Boston.
Her husband, Robert Sylvia, told the news station his wife died Saturday after falling ill on Monday. They were married for more than 40 years.
Later, the woman’s daughter, Jen Sylvia, took to Facebook with a post regarding her mother’s death, writing: “Today I had to say goodbye to my best friend.”
“My mom was my favorite person in the world. She brought light and joy to everyone she came across. She would be there for anyone at any time. Her smile was contagious. Her jokes were priceless. She was the life of the party. She knew how to have fun and taught me how important it was to love with all you’ve got and live life to the fullest,” she continued.
“She was such a beautiful soul. I don’t know where to go from here. I just don’t understan