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The Gulf Coast: A New American Underbelly of Tropical Diseases and Poverty

Discussion of the emergence of Dengue fever in the Gulf region of the United States.

The recent finding that dengue fever has emerged in Houston, Texas—the first major United States city in modern times with autochthonous dengue—adds to previous evidence indicating that the Gulf Coast of the Southern US is under increasing threat from diseases thought previously to affect only developing countries.

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Article Source: Hotez PJ, Murray KO, Buekens P (2014) The Gulf Coast: A New American Underbelly of Tropical Diseases and Poverty. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 8(5): e2760. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0002760