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Medical tests have determined that a 7-year-old American girl who died last Sunday in Okinawa had contracted a rare parasitic infection, doctors at the University of the Ryukyus said Saturday.

Bliss Scott, a first-grader at Stearley Heights Elementary School on Kadena Air Base, died of meningo-encephalitis, an infection of the brain and its covering that has symptoms of both meningitis and encephalitis. It was caused by a rare parasite transmitted by snails and slugs, according to the Stars and Stripes.

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