Health & Environmental

Venezuela’s Zika Outbreak May Be 150 Times Worse Than Reported, Study Says

” When it comes to the Zika virus’ impact on Venezuela, it’s the government’s word versus Google and Twitter. Based on data gathered in part from the search engine and social network, the watchdog health group Observatorio Venezolano de la Salud (OVS) estimates that nearly 700,000 people have been infected with Zika in Venezuela. That’s around 150 times higher than the government’s last tally of 4,700 in late January, and also above other recent independent estimates. If accurate, it would make Venezuela the world’s hardest-hit country outside of Brazil – putting ever more strain on a national health system that has already seen shortages of medicines and medical equipment. “

Source: Venezuela’s Zika Outbreak May Be 150 Times Worse Than Reported, Study Says | Americas Quarterly

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