Brazil: measles outbreak that infected 500 may devastate indigenous people

Collapse in Venezuela has god awful consequences

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Outbreak could be catastrophic for the Yanomami people living in remote areas who are not protected from the disease

An outbreak of measles that has infected nearly 500 people in northern Brazil could prove catastrophic for indigenous Yanomami people in remote areas along the Venezuelan border who are not protected from the disease, according to the not-for-profit group Survival, which warned that hundreds could be killed if emergency action was not taken.

“This disease is a potentially devastating one,” said Jonathan Mazower, Survival’s communications director. “It is extremely likely that people will die unless medical care is provided urgently and it is very likely that people in the forest have already died.”

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