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Life-threatening, insect-borne diseases spike in Venezuela, report says

The first country to eradicate malaria, Venezuela is seeing a surge in dengue, malaria, Zika and other life-threatening illnesses, as reported by NBC Universal

"As Venezuela grapples with an escalating humanitarian and political crisis, experts are warning about a surge in potentially deadly diseases transmitted by insects that could jeopardize public health improvements in the country and the Americas.

Venezuela is seeing a resurgence in diseases like malaria, dengue, the Zika virus and Chagas disease, according to a report published Thursday by medical journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

The diseases are transmitted by insects such as mosquitoes, ticks and kissing bugs. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Chagas disease, malaria and dengue can lead to death if not treated properly", reveals the article. As the report progresses the information gets more worrisome; "The prevalence of such diseases comes at a time when Venezuela is going through a crisis of historic proportions, with shortages in food, medicine and vaccinations. More Venezuelans are dying of preventable diseases and the country is seeing seven-digit inflation." Read the whole investigation here.

Source: NBC Universal

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