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Brazil says emergency is over

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    Posted: May 11 2017 at 9:32pm
Some good news, but the report does not go into why the numbers have dropped.

Originally posted by BBC BBC wrote:

Brazil has declared an end to a national emergency over the Zika virus after a sharp decrease in cases.

The number of cases dropped 95% between January and April, compared to the same period a year ago, officials said.....

There were 7,911 cases of Zika from January to April this year, compared to 170,535 cases reported in the same time last year, the health ministry said in a statement (in Portuguese).

No deaths related to the virus have been reported this year, it added, saying that eight people died last year.


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-39892479
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Interesting. I wonder what's behind the sudden appearance, and subsequent decline? It certainly hit the ground running in that part of the world.

Without diminishing the personal tragedy of the victims, I never felt Zika was going to be a major public health issue, but as unpredictable as this virus has shown itself to be, it would probably be wise not to drop our guard yet. If nothing else, it will help with other vector borne threats like West Nile, chikungunya, dengue fever, and malaria.

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