Brazil

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Cause Determined for Brazil’s Mysterious Black Urine Disease Outbreak
Mar 21, 2017 | Cheryl Lang

  The Outbreak: Between December 2016 and February 2017, Brazil reported approximately 64 cases of a mysterious “Black Urine” disease in both the...

Yet Another Outbreak Strikes: Yellow Fever in Brazil
Jan 31, 2017 | Jackie Sheridan

              Brazil has had a disheartening start to 2017, with 555 suspected cases of yellow fever and 107 deaths reported. Thus far, 87 of the...

Over 1,000 Deaths from H1N1 Outbreak in Brazil
Jul 12, 2016 | Kara Sewalk

As of July 1st, 2016, the Ministry of Health in Brazil confirmed that there have been 1,233 deaths linked to the ongoing H1N1 influenza outbreak in...

Have We Underestimated the Zika Outbreak in Venezuela?
Feb 19, 2016 | Colleen Nguyen

In Venezuela, there have been reports of over 5,000 suspected cases of the Zika virus [1, 2] – a virus with potential links to severe birth defects...

Unraveling the Zika Virus Mystery: Lessons Learned from Another Flavivirus
Feb 8, 2016 | Sumiko Mekaru

Viruses, of course, do not live independently outside of their hosts. Rather, they are uniquely bundled bits of data that use the body of their...

Zika Virus: A Quick Update
Feb 1, 2016 | Colleen Nguyen

In early December 2015, we reported on Brazil’s microcephaly outbreak and its alleged potential connection with Zika virus. This piece is a quick...

Finally, A Vaccine Against Dengue?
Jan 5, 2016 | Colleen Nguyen

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), dengue is the “fastest spreading vector disease” in the world (1). Approximately half of the...

Is an Olympic Race Worth Your Health?
Dec 20, 2015 | Colleen Nguyen

The promise Brazil made to clean up its waterways was a major part of its winning bid to host the 2016 Olympics and has been foreseen as one of the...

Outbreak of Microcephaly Connected to Zika Virus in Brazil
Dec 7, 2015 | Kara Sewalk

The first indications of a connection between Zika virus and the current outbreak of microcephaly in Brazil were picked up by the HealthMap system in...

Dengue Epidemic in Brazil
May 13, 2015 | Noushin Berdjis

 The Brazilian Ministry of Health has reported 746,000 registered cases of Dengue fever and 229 confirmed deaths since January 2015 [1,3]. This marks...

Wild Poliovirus Type 1 Found in Brazil Sewage Samples – What Does It Mean?
Jun 24, 2014 | Alexandra Thomsen

Environmental samples from Campinas, São Paolo have tested positive for wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1), though the country has not reported any polio...

Infectious Diseases and the World Cup
Jun 16, 2014 | Alexandra Thomsen

Over 600,000 people are expected to be traveling from around the world to attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which began on June 12 in Brazil and will...

Brazil Rolls Out GM Mosquito Farms
Jul 18, 2012 | Robyn Correll Carlyle

Brazil has opened its first-ever, large-scale genetically modified mosquito farm in an effort to reduce the incidence of dengue fever. The...

Dengue Virus Joins Carnival Celebrations?
Feb 22, 2012 | David Scales

Late last week, Brazil’s health minister Alexandre Padilha warned of an impending dengue epidemic, due to the discovery of type 4 dengue virus in Rio...

Rio de Janeiro: Carnival 2011
Mar 9, 2011 | Laura Pinheiro

  The much-anticipated Carnival in Brazil comes to an end today, March 8th, better known in the United States as “Fat Tuesday”.  After four days of...

Conjunctivitis Clusters in Brazil
Feb 25, 2011 | healthmap

Over the last week over 150 cases of conjunctivitis were reported in the city of Goioerê (located in Parana State), with 52 of those cases occurring...

Hepatitis A Hovers over Mato Grosso
Feb 3, 2011 | healthmap

In Brazil’s Mato Grosso state, 32 cases of Hepatitis A were confirmed by the state Secretary of Health in the city of Santo Antônio do Leste (located...

Leptospirosis in Brazil
Feb 3, 2011 | healthmap

On February 2nd, an outbreak of leptospirosis was reported in two cities of Rio de Janeiro State in Brazil, with Teresópolis reporting 2 confirmed...

Dengue in Brazil and Miami
Nov 17, 2010 | healthmap

Since January 2010, Brazil has seen a 90% increase in deaths from Dengue as compared to the same period last year.  Many of the deaths have been from...

Update on KPC in Brazil’s Federal District
Oct 19, 2010 | healthmap

In the capital city of Brazil, the Department of Health has acknowledged an increase (English translation) of hospital related bacterial infections,...