Geraldine Flores blames a serious case of malaria for her son's premature birth. She went into labor with Yelbi Josue after she came down with the disease when she was seven months' pregnant and working at the mines.
Chagas disease, one of the leading causes of heart failure in Latin America, may be resurgent, says the review. Dengue has risen more than five-fold between 2010 and 2016. Six increasingly large epidemics were recorded between 2007 -16, compared with four in the previous 16 years. Chikungunya and Zika outbreaks have epidemic potential, say the authors. There were an estimated 2 million suspected chikungunya cases in 2014, more than 12 times the official estimate.
"We call on the members of the Organization of American States and other international political bodies to apply more pressure to the Venezuelan government to accept the humanitarian assistance offered by the international community in order to strengthen the buckling health system. "Without such efforts, the public health gains achieved over the past 18 years could soon be reversed," said Llewellyn.
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