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Old 02-17-2017, 04:21 PM   #1
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Default Brazil's Expanding Yellow Fever Outbreak Started With Monkeys

Brazilian howler monkeys are known to carry yellow fever —
and can die of the disease.
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The first sign of trouble was the monkeys dropping dead in the forest. Then people started getting sick and dying, too.

Brazil is in the midst of its worst yellow fever outbreak since the 1940s, when the country started mass vaccination and mosquito eradication campaigns to thwart the virus.

The first cases in this current outbreak were detected in December among men living in rural parts of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, an agricultural region just north of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. As of the first week of February, the Brazilian Ministry of Health has reported more than 1,000 suspected human cases of yellow fever and hundreds more probable cases in monkeys since December.

Usually there are only a handful or at most a few dozen cases of yellow fever a year in Brazil, and they're found deeper in the Amazon, not hundreds of miles to the south in Minas Gerais.
The disease itself doesn't hit everyone hard. Most victims have only mild symptoms, like fever and chills, aches and nausea. Some have no symptoms at all. About 15 percent of patients develop a more severe form that can lead to high fever, bleeding, shock, organ failure and death. In the current outbreak the Brazilian Ministry of Health is pegging the fatality rate among confirmed cases at 36 percent. Among people who develop severe symptoms, there is no specific cure and as many as half the patients die.
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Old 02-17-2017, 08:58 PM   #2
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Makes me wonder if the money spent on Zika, and the Olympics, ate up funds usually used for yellow fever vax.
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