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In brief: Cholera found in 3 New Yorkers

New York – New York City officials have confirmed that three New Yorkers contracted cholera while in the Dominican Republic for a wedding.

The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, where thousands have died from the disease.

A medical epidemiologist for the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene told the New York Times on Saturday that all three people who were infected last month have recovered.

Dr. Sharon Balter said the city typically sees an average of one cholera case per year.

Agent shoots self inadvertently

Ventura, Calif. – A Secret Service agent assigned to protect Nancy Reagan is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the hip at a sheriff’s department shooting range.

Ventura County sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Mike Aranda said the gun went off as the agent was putting it back in its holster Friday at the range in Camarillo.

The agent was hospitalized with a non-life-threatening injury to his hip. His name was not released.

Nobody else was injured.

The Ventura County Star reported that the agent was assigned to the Reagan Protective Division of the Secret Service, which handles security for the former first lady.

The Secret Service is handling the investigation of the incident, Aranda said.


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