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Measles Epidemic Spreads Throughout Latin America

Associated Press: Measles infects more than 1,000 in Brazil; 5 reported deaths
“Brazil’s Health Ministry says more than 1,000 people have been infected and five have died in a measles outbreak linked to cases imported from neighboring Venezuela. The ministry says on its website that 1,053 cases of the disease have been reported so far this year…” (8/2).

The Lancet: Measles outbreak in the Americas
“Venezuela’s ongoing health crisis is spilling over into neighboring countries, as a year-long measles epidemic has spread to Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru, almost two years after the Pan American Health Association (PAHO) declared the Americas free of measles. Measles is particularly threatening to indigenous people near the remote, heavily forested border between Venezuela and Brazil…” (Fraser, 8/4).

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