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Brazil’s Infant Mortality Rate Increased Between 2015-16; Experts Blame Zika Outbreak, Health Cuts

The Guardian: Zika and health cuts blamed for rise in baby death rates in Brazil
“The number of children dying in their first year of life has risen in Brazil for the first time since 1990. It’s a worrying setback for a country once seen as a model of poverty reduction. The infant mortality rate rose by nearly five percent between 2015 and 2016, an increase health officials and specialists have blamed on the outbreak of the Zika virus that year, as well as cuts to health services prompted by an economic crisis from which Brazil is struggling to recover…” (Phillips, 7/17).