Venezuela’s Humanitarian Crisis, Health System Collapse Contributing To Disease Reemergence, Threat Of Spread

The Telegraph: Crisis in Venezuela threatens neighboring countries as infectious diseases return
“Venezuela’s economic ruin poses a health threat to the Americas and potentially beyond, as diseases like measles and diphtheria re-emerge and spread to neighboring countries, academics have warned. The country’s meltdown has been so profound its health system resembles that of a war-shattered state and people are no longer vaccinated for common infectious diseases. A paper in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases says there are parallels with the return of polio in Syria and diphtheria in Yemen, after those countries descended into violent chaos…” (Farmer, 1/31).