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By Region: South America

Previously uncontacted Peruvian Indians ‘could carry flu back to tribe’

(The Telegraph) Seven members of a previously uncontacted Peruvian Amazonian tribe had to be treated for the flu after fleeing into Brazil to escape violent attacks, raising fears that the virus could spread to their isolated community.

WHO Update on Poliovirus Found in Brazil

(Global Biodefense) On 18 June 2014, Brazil reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) that wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) had been detected in a sewage sample collected in March 2014 at Viracopos International Airport in Sao Paolo state. Genetic sequencing indicates that this virus is most closely related to the virus that is circulating  Read More »

Vinegar Kills Tuberculosis and Other Mycobacteria

(Global Biodefense) The active ingredient in vinegar, acetic acid, can effectively kill mycobacteria, even highly drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis, an international team of researchers from Venezuela, France, and the US reports in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. Acetic acid might be used as an inexpensive and non-toxic disinfectant against drug-resistant  Read More »

Scientists: Mosquito virus spreads to Americas

(BostonHerald) A nasty virus first detected in Africa that is spread to people by the bite of infected mosquitoes is being locally transmitted in the Americas for the first time on the tiny French Caribbean dependency of St. Martin, health officials said Tuesday.

Chikungunya in the French part of the Caribbean isle of Saint Martin

(WorldHealthOrganization) On 6 December 2013, WHO was notified of two laboratory confirmed cases of locally acquired chikungunya disease in the French part of the Caribbean isle of Saint Martin. The other part of the isle is a country that is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Sint Maarten). These two cases were confirmed by  Read More »