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Monday
Nov152010

Dengue, Hookworms Hit Miami, Florida

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Dengue and hookworms are diseases often found in developing and impoverished tropical countries, so what are they doing in Miami, Florida?

Health officials with the Miami-Dade County Health Department confirmed on Thursday their first case of dengue fever in 50 years.  Though Liliana Rivera, director of the health department, said the person diagnosed with the potentially deadly mosquito-borne virus recovered fully after a brief hospitalization, the announcement follows a May 21 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that described more than two-dozen cases of locally-acquired dengue fever in the resort town of Key West, Florida.

Meanwhile, local media said three cases of hookworm in Miami Beach were reported on Thursday, bringing the total number of recent confirmed cases of the parasitic infection to six.

While the infections themselves may have little to do with each other, their recent emergence in and around Miami -- one of the country's southernmost urban centers -- could be a sign that these infections may be establishing a foothold in the continental United States.

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