On this weeks episode of the Outbreak News This Week Radio Show, the entire hour was dedicated to the epidemic crisis going on in Venezuela. I was joined by infectious diseases pathologist and clinician at the IDB Biomedical Research Institute in Barquisimeto, Dr Alberto E. Paniz-Mondolfi.
In one segment we discussed the dramatic malaria epidemic in the country.
The country that was once considered a pioneer in malaria eradication is now reporting hundreds of thousands of cases annually. According to Dr. Paniz-Mondolfi, malaria rates in Venezuela are increasing at faster than anywhere in the world.
He also talks on how the malaria epidemic is spreading in the region.
In an alarming statement, Paniz-Mondolfi said in Venezuela you have a national guard standing over you when signing death certificates. “It’s absolutely prohibited to list malaria as a cause of death on a death certificate.”
LISTEN to the full interview with Dr. Paniz-Mondolfi: Venezuela epidemics: From measles to malaria with Dr. Alberto Paniz-Mondolfi
Visit the Venezuelan Science Incubator (Incubadora Venezolana de la Ciencia)
- Venezuela’s health crisis: A discussion with Dr. Leopoldo Villegas
- Venezuela measles outbreak: 3,500 lab-confirmed cases in 2018
- Venezuela malaria crisis: Antimalarial drugs out of stock, Worst epidemic in 75 years
- Venezuela is world’s ‘Most Miserable’ country again
- Venezuela: The tragedy of socialism in real time
- Venezuela: Violent crime, shortages prompt travel warning
- Diphtheria in Venezuela: Denials and conspiratorial accusations
- Venezuela: Malaria cases increase 10x since 2010
- Brazil imported measles outbreak tops 10,000 cases last year
- Totalitarian governments spawn infectious disease outbreaks that place other countries at risk