Yellow Fever Concern for Megacities

Brazil’s yellow fever outbreak, with 1,900+ cases and at least 560 deaths since 2016, caught the country off guard and under-vaccinated—especially in rural areas. Now, officials are trying to play catch-up during a global vaccine shortage so severe that in February, “a gang leader in Rio kidnapped a pair of vaccinators and had them immunize the residents of his favela,” writes Jason Beaubien. Public health officials fear it could spread to crowded cities in Brazil—and beyond. Given the current shortages, if a yellow fever outbreak started in India or Pakistan, for example, it could be disastrous, warns Tom Yuill, a University of Wisconsin professor emeritus. NPR Goats & Soda

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