"He was a good man, too young," said Keith Mosman, a 60-year-old Rhine resident. "He fights like a son-in-law of a weapon."
The State Department of Public Health did not respond to requests for information about Mosman's case Sunday night. The agency reported 12 confirmed cases of the rare but deadly disease this year.
Three of these patients died before their last death. Two men in their 70s, one from Freetown and another from Hampden County, died from EEE in September. According to federal authorities, a Fairhaven woman in the 1
EEE causes inflammation of the brain and is transmitted to humans bitten by infected mosquitoes. There is no cure for the disease, and those who recover from it often live with severe neurological complications.
Scott Mosman lost consciousness and was taken to Morton Hospital in Taunton on September 6, according to his brother. He was then transferred to Rhode Island Hospital, where he was diagnosed with EEE.
Nobody knows when or where Mosman was bitten by a mosquito carrying the disease, his brother said.
"You never even think about it," Keith Mosman said. "Think about the last time you got a mosquito bite."
Scott Mosman's family ultimately chose to accommodate him at the Season Hospice in Milton, Keith Mosman said. His adventurous younger brother would never want to spend his last days in a hospital bed, he said.
"It killed us to see him in bed with all those pipes," Mosman said.
Mosman described his brother as an innovative thinker who liked to invent creative projects. He was difficult and after overcoming a long undiagnosed case of dyslexia, he went on to earn an engineering degree, his brother says.
Although suffering from illness and exclusion for the past several years, Scott Mosman enjoyed athletic pursuits, he was a top wrestler while attending Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School and loved sailing and mountain biking.
Scott Mosman's family celebrated their 58th birthday on September 17th at the hospital. Keith Mosman remembered singing "Happy Birthday" to him, something his brother would never endure while he was healthy.
"You couldn't even buy him a present," Keith Mosman said. "He was a giver, not a giver.
Mosman said family and friends are trying to raise money to help his son Justin go to college. The family plans to hold a service for Scott Mosman in Reinham on Sunday.