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6-year-old NC girl dies from Rocky Mountain spotted fever

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BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. -- Health officials confirmed Friday that a 6-year-old North Carolina girl died as a result of Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Doctors say Emilee Russell of Black Mountain was bitten by a tick over Memorial Day weekend while visiting family in Texas.

According to WLOS, Russell died Wednesday at Louisiana State University Hospital.

Russell’s father is a battalion chief at the Black Mountain Fire Department.  The young girl also had a twin brother.

Two fundraisers have been planned in an effort to raise money to cover the medical expenses Russell’s family is faced with.  The first, a spaghetti supper hosted by the fire department, will be held June 21 at the Lakeview Center.  A second, titled “A Day for Emilee,” is being organized by the girl’s kindergarten teacher, Ashley Styles.  It will take place July 6 at Lake Tomahawk Park.