Thursday, March 09, 2017

Pestilence

Yellow fever outbreak in Brazil worries U.S. officials - The Washington Post
The Washington Post reports: "Top infectious disease experts are warning about a rapidly spreading outbreak of deadly yellow fever in Brazil that could hit parts of the United States. The danger would be most acute if the virus starts spreading by the same mosquito that transmits Zika. [...] It’s taking place primarily in jungle areas, where forest-dwelling mosquitoes are spreading the virus mainly to monkeys. But an increasing number of people also have been infected, making it Brazil's worst yellow fever outbreak among humans in decades. There have been at least 326 confirmed cases, including 220 deaths, with hundreds of additional cases under investigation, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)."

Comment: It's encouraging to know that the procedures and processes they put into place to help with the Zika outbreak can also be used to combat the spread of yellow fever. 

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