New Type Of Chikungunya Appears In Brazil

Scientific American: New Type of More Problematic Mosquito-Borne Illness Detected in Brazil
“…[N]ew findings from Brazil suggest that [the risk of chikungunya in] the Americas could be on the rise. Pedro Vasconcelos, director of the Evandro Chagas Institute, Brazil’s confirmatory laboratory, warns that in one of the country’s 26 states it has detected the more problematic African strain of chikungunya. That form of chikungunya is the second to arrive in Brazil, joining the Asian-derived strain carried by A. Aegypti that is already circulating throughout the Western Hemisphere, he told Scientific American…” (Maron, 11/4).

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