Sophia Garabedian was rushed to Boston Children’s Hospital early last month with what appeared to be severe flu-like symptoms. But further testing revealed Sophia —  who also suffered from brain swelling, medically known as encephalitis — contracted the rare EEE virus.

© FoxNews.com Close to $200,000 has been raised for Sophia Garabedian after she nearly died from a potentially deadly mosquito-borne virus. The 5-year-old was one of dozens who contracted Eastern Equine Encephalitis last summer. A case of EEE in a female under the age of 18 was later confirmed by the Massachusetts Department of Health, with local outlets reporting it involved a 5-year-old girl from Middlesex County.

“There are no words that can adequately describe the depth of our family’s gratitude to those who have donated to support Sophia or shared their prayers and heartfelt thoughts through cards and messages,” the girl's family said in an Oct. 4 statement posted to a GoFundMe page in her name. “Every positive thought has helped us to get to this day and will get us through as we continue to work on her recovery.”

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