A recent Reuters article on the problem with Venezuela’s measles outbreak crossing the Brazilian border said the following:
Brazil complained on Thursday that Venezuela was doing nothing to stop the spread of an outbreak of measles in Brazil and other neighboring countries that has been sparked by an exodus of Venezuelans fleeing economic collapse.
This has prompted Brazil to launch a nationwide campaign to vaccinate 11 million children, plus adults who request it.
My guest today commented on Twitter writing–Totalitarian governments, not surprisingly, spawn infectious disease outbreaks that place other countries at risk.
Joining me today is Amesh Adalja, MD. Dr Adalja is a Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and a recognized expert in infectious diseases.
Other podcasts with Dr Adalja:
- Talking Hepatitis A with Dr Amesh Adalja
- Pennsylvania Lyme disease: An interview with Dr Amesh Adalja
- Troubling statements about vaccines: Gloria Copeland and Milwaukee’s Patricia McManus
- Raw water: ‘In defiance of everything science tells us’
- Diphtheria: A short history, the disease, treatment and the success of the vaccines
- Podcast: The Crisis in Venezuela
- Venezuela reports most malaria since 1971
- Diphtheria reappears in Venezuela after long absence: Another symptom of a broken health system
- CDC warns against non-essential travel to Venezuela: Outbreaks, breakdown of the medical infrastructure
- Venezuela is world’s ‘Most Miserable’ country again
- Venezuela: The tragedy of socialism in real time