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Number of typhoid cases in Galveston County



GALVESTON, Texas (AP) – University of Texas medical school researchers in Galveston say the number of typhus cases in Galveston County has already reached 2017 levels.

The bacterial infection, probably spread by fleas on rats and possums, was once eradicated in Galveston County. Although rarely fatal, people can become extremely ill with pain and fever.

The Galveston County Health District reports 17 people with the infection so far this year. After years without cases, the first new case was reported in 2012. Another five were reported in 2013.

An expert in infectious disease at the medical school, Lucas Blanton, says The Galveston County Daily News, it's likely this year's figure is "the tip of the iceberg," because not everyone goes to a clinic or hospital for treatment.

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