Medicine: Mystery Deaths in the Night

Disease detectives are stumped by a Laotian malady

When the pastor of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Paul arrived at the church early one morning this month, he tried not to wake the Laotian refugee family that had been staying in the basement while waiting for permanent lodging. Suddenly Cha Mang, one of the refugees, appeared and beckoned the clergyman to follow her to the room where the family, which had arrived in the U.S. just five days earlier, slept. There she pointed to the bed where her husband Lue Thao, 36, was lying. Lue Thao was not asleep; he...

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