Oddly enough, this report appeared in O Globo yesterday, a day before the Globo report just below, which doesn't say anything about its possibly being caused by an enterovirus or parechovirus: Doença que torna urina preta tem semelhanças com surtos na Europa. [Disease that turns urine black has resemblances to outbreaks in Europe] Edited excerpt from the Google translation:
RIO - Researchers at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) are analyzing material samples from patients who may have contracted a mysterious disease that causes intense muscle pain and leaves the urine black. The 52 suspected cases first emerged in December.According to the State Department of Health (Sesab), a man who died on the 31st of March presented the symptoms, but it cannot be said that the unknown disease killed him, since he suffered from other health problems, such as hypertension.According to researcher Gubbio Soares, from the Laboratory of Virology of UFBA, the team can't identify the disease and its origin until next week. But tests of feces and urine indicate that the disease can be caused by a virus of the genus Enterovirus or the genus Parechovirus. Although not fatal, these viruses can lead to kidney failure if not treated properly. The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) is also analyzing material samples.The cases are concentrated in the region of Salvador. The onset of symptoms is similar to small outbreaks, such as in Japan, between 2008 and 2014, in France between 2008 and 2010, and in Denmark in 2014."We have identified the family of the virus, and we are sequencing the genetic material. It is not a fatal virus, but it can lead to kidney failure. It is very important to seek medical attention if symptoms develop. The person should not, for example, take anti-inflammatory drugs at all," explains Soares.