Via The Globe and Mail, Stephanie Nolen writes: Climate shift brings back an old scourge as Brazil races to contain yellow fever outbreak. Excerpt:
Brazilian health authorities are rushing to try to control an outbreak of yellow fever, a viral relic of the colonial era. But the disease is back and killing people at a rate not seen for decades, and experts say it is being driven by some of the same factors that have fuelled the outbreak of Zika virus, a new threat that has wrought havoc in Brazil over the past two years.
Fifty-two people have died of yellow fever so far, in an outbreak that began with the onset of Southern Hemisphere summer in December, and another 80 deaths are being investigated as suspected yellow fever fatalities, according to the Ministry of Health. The Ministry says that a further 667 suspected cases of the disease are under analysis.
Public health officials have inoculated five million people in the central state of Minas Gerais, where almost all the cases have been concentrated, and ordered 11.5 million more doses of the vaccine for two more areas where a handful of cases have been confirmed, including Sao Paulo, the country’s most populous state. A suspected yellow fever case has also been reported in Bahia, a coastal state that has not recorded the disease since 1985.
This morning, Xinhua in Global Times reports the number of deaths has risen to 60, with 87 more suspected yellow fever deaths under investigation.