Australian mom of two Amalia Spilman took her kids on a weekend getaway to Rye, on the coast of Victoria in April 2016.
As many of us are all too aware, enjoying beautiful scenery is often accompanied by the unpleasant presence of mosquitoes. Amalia’s youngest, 7-year-old Mia, received a nasty bite.
Having enough self-control not to scratch an itchy mosquito bite is hard enough for grown adults, which is probably why Mia’s complaints weren’t taken super seriously by her mom, who understandably assumed the bite on her daughter’s right calf was from a particularly pesky mosquito.
As it turns out, the bite wasn’t from a mosquito at all, but rather was the mark of a “flesh-eating virus that’s been plaguing the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne,” according to Kidspot.
When Amalia found out, she decided to share her and her daughter’s story to warn other parents.