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TWO DIAGNOSED WITH ENCEPHALITIS IN FLORIDA

Two elderly people have been diagnosed with encephalitis in the first confirmed human cases in Florida since a scare over the mosquito-borne disease in August forced the nighttime shutdown of water parks, pools and football games.

Tests came back positive Thursday for an 82-year-old Brevard County man on the state's Atlantic Coast and a 71-year-old woman from Lee County on the Gulf Coast.

Both people were hospitalized and are recovering.

The elderly and very young are most susceptible to St. Louis encephalitis, which causes flu-like symptoms that can lead to coma and death. The last major outbreak of encephalitis in Florida occurred in 1990. It killed 11 people and caused 223 people to become sick.

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