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Venezuela crisis takes deadly toll on buckling health system

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Original Source: The Guardian – Full text link

Sun 6 Jan 2019 07.00 GMT
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With hospitals lacking even soap, a ‘perfect storm’ of poor hygiene, malnourished patients and shortage of drugs has left families grieving and experts fearing a total collapse

 

 

In the dusty squatter settlement where she spent her short life, Victoria Martínez is remembered as a vivacious, dance-loving child who showered “buenos días” on all those she met.
“Wherever she went this girl was an explosion of love,” says […]

VSI at The Conversation – Virology Research

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As Venezuela’s public health system collapses, mosquito-borneviruses re-emerge

The ability to predict which virus will cause the next epidemic is a science, an art and a gamble. We have learned through our work in Venezuela that it’s always a good idea to pay attention to the cryptic viruses.
During our work on the Zika virus epidemic in Venezuela, we may have spotted the emergence of a potentially dangerous virus that appears to be crossing from horses to humans: Madariaga virus. By using a diverse toolkit of approaches, we […]

VSI at The Lancet – Measles Outbreak

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Measles outbreak in the Americas

Venezuela’s ongoing health crisis is spill­ing over into neighbouring countries, as a year-long measles epidemic has spread to Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru, almost 2 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.
Spiralling inflation and political tur­ moil have undermined immunisation coverage, health services, and surveil­ lance of disease, according to Venezuelan experts and a June report by PAHO. “Venezuela […]

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