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Virginia woman killed by the 'kissing bug': Mother, 77, died after suffering an allergic reaction during a river stroll, friend says Evelyn Wooten, 77, of Danville, Virginia, was walking on a trail on July 2 with her friend when she was bitten by a bug Within 10 minutes, she started gasping for air and soon collapsed on the ground  She was rushed to the hospital and was put on life support, but was declared brain-dead the next day Her friend believes Wooten was bitten by an insect known as the 'kissing bug' because it tends to bite people's faces, near their mouths According to the CDC, the saliva of certain types can trigger an allergic reaction 

By Mary Kekatos Health Reporter For Dailymail.com

Published: 17:39 BST, 17 July 2019 | Updated: 17:39 BST, 17 July 2019

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Evelyn Wooten, 77 (pictured), of Danville, Virginia, was walking on a trail on July 2 with her friend when she was bitten by a bug

Evelyn Wooten, 77 (pictured), of Danville, Virginia, was walking on a trail on July 2 with her friend when she was bitten by a bug

A Virginia woman has died after she suffered an allergic reaction to what her friend believes is a bite from the 'kissing bug'. 

On July 2, Evelyn Wooten was walking along the Riverwalk Trail in Danville with her friend, Karen Hudgins, when an insect landed on her.

Hudgins told the Danville Register & Bee that she slapped the bug off of Wooten, thinking it was a horsefly.

Within 10 minutes, Wooten, 77, told her friend she needed to sit down. 

'She said: "Karen, I can't breathe",' Hudgins told the newspaper. 'I looked back. She looked real pale. She was struggling real hard to breathe.'  

Wooten asked her friend to call 911 before she collapsed on the ground.

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