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Mar 28, 2015

05:14:18 GMT--Biological Hazard - South-America - Brazil

EDIS Number: BH-20150328-47518-BRA

Date / time: 28/03/2015 05:10:34 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: South-America

Country: Brazil

State/County: State of Maranhao

Location: Sao Luis

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


After admitting that the Maranhao state capital Sao Luis is undergoing an outbreak of virus disease for at least 2 weeks, the Municipal Secretary of Health, Helena Dualibe, stated that medical attention in the health posts and hospitals in the capital has been strengthened. "We have increased the number of teams on night shifts so that the population will effectively be better attended," said the Secretary. Since the beginning of the rainy season, the Maranhao capital has been accompanied by a significant increase in the number of people infected by viruses, which have left public hospitals and health posts in Sao Luis crowded. Those seeking medical attention have had to have much patience. Medical attention in Socorrinho, a neighborhood in Sao Francisco, for example, increased from 150 to 300 patients per day in recent weeks. According to the Municipal Secretariat of Health, 90 per cent of those receiving attention are people with some sort of virus infection. The physician Julia Bacelar explained that during this rainy season, the number of cases of virus infections increase due to the change in climate. She stated that dengue fever cases increase as well, which can be confused with other virus diseases.

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