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Sunday, May 23, 2010

US : Wayne County family physician helps detect case of dengue fever

Via Democrat & Chronicle :

" Dr. Adriane Trout isn't a detective, but sometimes she plays one as a family physician in Wayne County.

Her impersonation of Sherlock Holmes led to her detecting dengue fever in a patient from Rochester who had traveled to Key West, Fla., last August. The diagnosis, confirmed a couple of weeks later, was the first reported case of dengue originating in the continental United States away from the Texas-Mexico border since 1945.

Trout contacted health officials in Florida, which led to a husband and wife who within a few weeks of each other saw their doctor for fever, headache and rash, to be tested for dengue. Both were confirmed to have dengue.

Subsequent surveillance by health officials led to 24 more cases in 2009. A recent case was reported April 13. After being alerted to the cases, mosquito control programs in the Keys were increased.

The account was published Friday in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report."

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