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Lowndes County girl still recovering from Eastern Equine Encephalitis

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July 20, 2007

Valdosta - It's been four years since a Lowndes County girl contracted Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Jennifer Tucker was ten when she was rushed to the hospital with flu like symptoms that turned out to be caused by EEE.

She had a stroke and had several brain surgeries to reduce swelling.

After half a year in the hospital, she's home now, but disabled from the illness. But her family says each day brings her closer to recovery.  "Just the physical aspect. She can now move her arms and move her legs and do many things. I've seen a lot come back but to go back to the child she was before this happened, that's something. We've lost a lot," says Jennifer's mother Jeannie.

They believe she contracted the disease from a mosquito bite while playing outside.  They urge everyone at risk of a mosquito born illness to take every precaution they can.

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