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Brazil reports more measles in Venezuelan refugees

A 4-year-old Venezuelan child suspected of having measles and pneumonia died on Mar. 2 at the Children’s Hospital in Boa Vista, according to the city of Boa Vista. She was among the 12 cases investigated for suspected measles, according to a g1.globo report (computer translated).

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According to the city hall, the child came a few days ago from the city of Pacaraima, on the border with Venezuela, and entered the children’s hospital of Boa Vista in poor health and with suspected measles.

Samples were taken for analysis and the child was isolated because measles is a contagious disease. Six children have already been diagnosed with the disease in Boa Vista.

In addition, six cases of measles in Venezuelan children were confirmed in Roraima in northern Brazil.

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For the period between Jan. 2017 and Jan. 2018, 952 measles cases were reported in Venezuela (732 by laboratory and 220 by epidemiological link), according to UN officials.

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