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    The state of Virginia's top bug expert began setting traps in Fairfax and
    Loudoun counties yesterday, searching for malaria-infected mosquitoes in
    three places where a contractor said it discovered infected insects
    recently, health officials said.
    . . .
    Health officials said they are no closer to finding the source of the
    malaria that infected the two teenagers in the Sugarland Run neighborhood
    of eastern Loudoun. Experts say there are at least three likely explanations.

    First, a traveler could have been infected with malaria overseas and then
    come to this area, where he or she could have been bitten by a mosquito
    that then passed on the disease.

    Second, immigrants or migrant workers who became infected in their native
    countries could have carried the malaria parasite and passed it on to local
    mosquitoes.

    Third, a mosquito could have hitched a ride on a plane from an area where
    malaria is endemic, then flown -- or been blown on the wind -- several
    miles from Dulles International Airport to infect the teenagers.
    . . .
    Ronald Ward, a retired malaria expert at the Walter Reed Army Institute of
    Research, speculated that "the mosquitoes picked up the malaria from
    itinerant farm workers."

    "As far as I know, no screening is done on migrant workers for various
    infectious diseases," he said, "so that's something that should be checked
    out."

    Loudoun Health Director David Goodfriend said county officials have
    approached employers in the Lansdowne area, where one of the pools of
    mosquitoes tested by Clarke came up positive for malaria. Officials passed
    out information in English and Spanish on malaria in the construction and
    service industries, where many workers come from Latin American countries
    where malaria is prevalent.

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    Malaria outbreak may be linked to immigration.

    The state of Virginia's top bug expert began setting traps in Fairfax and
    Loudoun counties yesterday, searching for malaria-infected mosquitoes in
    three places where a contractor said it discovered infected insects
    recently, health officials said.
    . . .
    Health officials said they are no closer to finding the source of the
    malaria that infected the two teenagers in the Sugarland Run neighborhood
    of eastern Loudoun. Experts say there are at least three likely explanations.

    First, a traveler could have been infected with malaria overseas and then
    come to this area, where he or she could have been bitten by a mosquito
    that then passed on the disease.

    Second, immigrants or migrant workers who became infected in their native
    countries could have carried the malaria parasite and passed it on to local
    mosquitoes.

    Third, a mosquito could have hitched a ride on a plane from an area where
    malaria is endemic, then flown -- or been blown on the wind -- several
    miles from Dulles International Airport to infect the teenagers.
    . . .
    Ronald Ward, a retired malaria expert at the Walter Reed Army Institute of
    Research, speculated that "the mosquitoes picked up the malaria from
    itinerant farm workers."

    "As far as I know, no screening is done on migrant workers for various
    infectious diseases," he said, "so that's something that should be checked
    out."

    Loudoun Health Director David Goodfriend said county officials have
    approached employers in the Lansdowne area, where one of the pools of
    mosquitoes tested by Clarke came up positive for malaria. Officials passed
    out information in English and Spanish on malaria in the construction and
    service industries, where many workers come from Latin American countries
    where malaria is prevalent.
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