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Brazil’s Yellow Fever Outbreak More Widespread Than In Past

STAT: ‘We didn’t expect this’: A historic yellow fever outbreak spreads in Brazil
“…Although Brazil experiences what is known as a ‘sylvatic’ cycle of yellow fever — in which the virus is spread between mosquitoes and monkeys in the jungle — the current outbreak has fanned far beyond the Amazon jungle and out to the coast. It has confounded specialists, doctors, and health officials, and raised fears of an epidemic in Brazil’s urban areas that could be devastating if not quickly contained. It is the worst outbreak of yellow fever in this country in recent memory…” (Phillips, 4/13).

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