Saturday, January 29, 2011

Third World diseases in Massachusetts

A second Massachusetts resident has been diagnosed with cholera and four others are suspected of having the intestinal ailment, state disease trackers have reported. Like the man treated at Massachusetts General Hospital for the disease, the other patients attended a lavish wedding at a resort in the Dominican Republic and fell ill upon returning home. A young woman complaining of diarrhea — one of the hallmarks of cholera — was treated in the emergency room at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and given oral rehydration. Preliminary testing found that the woman, who was not identified because of patient confidentiality laws, had cholera.

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