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Maryland resident tests positive for locally acquired strain of malaria

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A Maryland resident has tested positive for the first case of a locally acquired strain of malaria in more than 40 years, officials confirmed Friday.

The unnamed individual, who was hospitalized and is now recovering, has not recently traveled out of the country or to other states with recent cases of locally acquired malaria, the Maryland Department of Health said in a statement.

“Malaria was once common in the United States, including Maryland, but we haven’t seen a case in Maryland that wasn’t travel-related in over 40 years,” the department’s secretary said. of Maryland Health, Laura Herrera Scott, in the release. “We take this very seriously and will work with local and federal health authorities to investigate this matter.”

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