A Michigan artist who died after being infected with rare Eastern mosquito-borne equine encephalitis "went from completely healthy to dead brain" for nine days, the report said.
Greg MacKesney, 64, of Kalamazoo County, died Aug. 19 "after a nine-day illness" after contracting disease, according to News 8.
He is the third person to die this year in southwest Michigan from the disease. mosquito-borne, the network reported.
Brother, Mark MacKesney, told the network that Greg "was [a] a perfectly healthy, happy man and within nine days went from completely healthy to dead brain."
"Suddenly he had a seizure and the next something you know he's in the EP and he just never came out of it. "
Mark describes his brother as an outdoors man with a passion for photography.
" He was a great man. He loved life, "Mark tells News 8." I don't think you would regret it. I don't think so because he found himself. "
EEE can affect people of all ages and cause fever, headache, lethargy, or brain infections and death.
Michigan is experiencing its worst outbreak of the virus since 2002, with seven confirmed cases this year, the report said.