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In brief: Doctor shows signs of cholera

Miami – A physician returning from a medical trip to Haiti appears to have brought Florida the third case of cholera stemming from the outbreak on the beleaguered island, health officials said Friday.

The man developed symptoms during an American Airlines flight from neighboring Dominican Republic to Miami on Thursday evening and was hospitalized in Miami, said Dr. Fermin Leguen, chief of disease control at the Miami-Dade County Health Department. He is stable and recovering.

The man experienced severe diarrhea and vomiting, which are the key signs of the potentially deadly bacterial disease, Leguen said. Tests to confirm the illness will take several more days.

Officials again repeated there’s virtually no chance the Haiti outbreak could spread to Florida via travelers. Cholera is transmitted almost exclusively by water and food contaminated by the feces of infected people, which would be almost impossible with modern U.S. water systems.

Drug gang trapped in slum

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Brazilian soldiers and police exchanged gunfire with drug-gang members holed up in a massive slum complex Friday, but stood their ground, trapping the traffickers inside.

About 800 troops are supporting a huge police offensive at the Alemao complex of shantytowns, an operation that came just a day after police took control of a nearby slum that also had been a gang stronghold.

Authorities were not publicizing their plans, but it appeared an invasion of Alemao was imminent.


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