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March 14, 2018
Yellow fever in Brazil?
As we learned in school, yellow fever had a devastating impact on the world around the time of the construction of the Panama Canal, a little over 100 years ago. Sadly, there is an outbreak of yellow fever in Brazil, as we see in this report: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advice for people thinking about traveling to most parts of Brazil: get vaccinated against yellow fever, or stay home. Brazil is currently suffering a major outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever, and it's striking places that don't normally see the virus. Since the beginning of 2017, 237 people, including several tourists, have died after becoming infected with the virus. Carried by mosquitoes, the virus has also spread to the very edge of Brazil's largest cities, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and has also infected mosquitoes on the Ilha Grande, a major tourist destination not far from Rio. "This is the time not to go into an outbreak...(Read Full Post)