A skin health care specialist at Miami-Dade County Health and Human Services says the disease that has killed more than half of the county’s 1,200 people is linked to a chemical compound known as HCAOA-4.
Dr. Marci Lassan says that the chemical can cause a range of serious side effects including skin irritation, rash and inflammation.
Lassans says the compound has been detected in the blood of at least three patients.
She says it is believed to have been in the region since at least the late 1940s.
Lassan has been studying the skin of about 200 people for the past two years.
She said the patients have a higher rate of HCAOCs-4 than anyone in the country.
She says they are usually between the ages of 50 and 80.
The HCAOP-4 strain has a higher incidence of serious and life-threatening diseases.
She said that the disease is rare but not unknown to the community, and that most of the HCAOFAs-4 patients have never had any skin cancer or a history of infections.
She has been treating patients for the disease since 2000.
Lakota County Health Department says they have also been studying patients with HACO-1 and HCAOL-2 since 2014.
They say that the HACOs-1 strain is the most prevalent.
They also say that there is no evidence that the population of the area is at risk of the disease.
The county is not the only one in the nation with HOAOCs.
In 2018, a small town in Georgia reported a spike in cases of HOAO-2 in the community of Pascagoula.
The Pascaginas Health Department said the HOAOA-2 strain of HCOA-2 was identified in the county and that it is the same strain as the one that has been identified in other parts of the state.
They said the two are similar to one another in some ways.
They do not have specific data on how many people are affected, but said they are not concerned.