Some Public Health Experts Believe Venezuela’s Zika Outbreak Worse Than Reported By Government

Washington Post: Venezuela faces ‘worst-case scenario’ as Zika outbreak expands
“…[T]he Zika epidemic has struck as the socialist-ruled country is spiraling into economic chaos and the public health system has been stripped of many basic tools of modern medicine. … While other nations bombard their airwaves with public-service warnings about mosquitoes and publish tallies of new cases, Venezuela has played down the epidemic and choked off information about its spread. … Public health experts and doctors believe that the government is dramatically lowballing the Zika toll, which officially stands at around 5,000 cases. Some independent experts estimate that there have been more than half a million cases…” (Partlow, 2/15).

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