Venezuela crisis could spark surge in infectious diseases – study – Channel NewsAsia

LONDON: A humanitarian crisis in Venezuela is accelerating the re-emergence of malaria, Chagas disease, dengue, Zika and other dangerous infectious diseases and threatens to jeopardize 20 years of public health gains, experts warned on Thursday. In a review published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, researchers said the worsening epidemics could spread beyond Venezuela’s borders, potentially causing a regional public health emergency. Advertisement “As well as the return of measles and other vaccine-preventable infectious diseases, the continued upsurge in malaria could soon become uncontrollable,” said Martin Llewellyn, a doctor and senior lecturer at Britain’s Glasgow University who led the review ...

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