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Drought Blamed For New Malaria Cases In Southeast Brazil

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Malaria resurfaces in Rio as drought displaces mosquitoes
“Malaria has resurfaced in Rio de Janeiro as a historic drought in Brazil’s southeastern region is driving mosquitoes in the Atlantic Forest to seek water in areas frequented by people, such as waterfalls. … Rio de Janeiro and most regions in southeastern Brazil have been considered malaria-free zones for the past 40 years, with just a few cases reported each year. Malaria is only endemic in the northern region, particularly in the Amazon basin…” (Brasileiro, 3/6).

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