In 1990 a contracted a mild case of encephalitis(according to my Dr.)from a mosquito bite…mild maybe but I was very Ill & thought I was going to die…anyhow for the last 20 yrs I have had the Phobia of camping, going outside after sundown etc…I decide this yr to enjoy the 4th & the cookouts that go with it…will I got home and have 8 scratchy,swollen mosquito bites on me…Please tell me I can not contract this again…Traci

Welcome to the Straight Dope, mullinsdt.

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