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Payne dies of Eastern equine encephalitis

Updated: August 16, 2002, 12:34 PM ET
Associated Press

DUNNELLON, Fla., -- Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Payne died after a yearlong battle with Eastern equine encephalitis. He was 40.

Payne died Aug. 4 at his home from complications of the rare virus, contracted from mosquito bites. The brain-swelling disease has been found in horses and birds throughout Florida, but is rare in humans.

Payne, a former high school baseball coach, was hospitalized on Aug. 5, 2001. Officials said he contracted the disease while working in his ...

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