"He screams out in pain from the headaches, and he's really just like a zombie," she said.
Noah's mother said it started with severe headaches, then he began having seizures. Doctors said the incredibly rare disease can be life-threatening if not treated immediately.
"You want to watch, is the headache worsening, is the fever persisting?” said Dr. Sapna Parikh. “If pain relievers aren't working or if the child is becoming more and more lethargic or, like this family noticed, their child just didn't seem quite right, that's when you want to worry."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says illnesses from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas have tripled from 2004 to 2016, and doctors say children are especially vulnerable.
"I don't want to see another baby go through this," LoriAnne said. "Use bug spray on your kids, check for bites. It's not 100 percent preventable obviously, but do what you can to try."
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services officials confirmed the best way to reduce your risk of LACV is to apply insect repellent, wear long sleeves and limit time outdoors when mosquitoes are most active.