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.