The influenza virus kills eight Yanomami Indians in southern Venezuelahttp://www.olhardireto.com.br/noticias/ ... 2&id=60893
The virus of type A (H1N1) is spreading the indigenous Yanomami people in Venezuela. The past 15 days, eight Indians died infected with influenza A and other 17 cases were confirmed in the Amazonian regions of Platanal Ocamo and, in the south. The information is the Ministry of Popular Power for Indigenous Peoples of Venezuela.
According to the ministry, a battalion of health headed by the president was asked to combat the spread of disease. In addition to the 50 doctors already working in the Amazon region, another 50 have been sent to the site to meet the Indians infected. The government also reports that the Venezuelan army is using helicopters to monitor the communities near the region of difficult access.
Indigenous land the Brazilian Yanomami straddles the border with Venezuela, next to the villages where there were deaths and new infections by influenza. (Photo: Arte/G1) The Ministry for Indigenous People did not report the number of suspected cases, but according to the Brazilian NGO Socio-Environmental Institute (ISA), more than 400 Indians have flu symptoms. According to Mark Wesley, coordinator of the project Isa Pro-Yanomami, the Yanomami have low immunity to respiratory diseases, because they live alone. Therefore, influenza cases usually result in more serious complications.
According to ISA, news of a strong flu epidemic in the Amazon region of Venezuela are being reported by the Yanomami to their relatives living in the border area of Brazil. These people have high mobility among themselves, which would facilitate the spread between the Venezuelan and Brazilian Indians.
In Brazil, the Yanomami are concentrated in the states of Roraima and Amazonas, near the border with southern Venezuela. The proximity of the villages means that the spread of the virus A (H1N1) in Venezuela may result in an infection of the Brazilian Yanomami. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Health of Brazil states that does not have information about the spread of Brazilian Indians.