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Oropouche virus could emerge as a serious public health problem, researcher says

03:20 EDT 23 Aug 2017 | Medical Xpress

Due to the Zika epidemic, which began in 2015, and the outbreak of yellow fever early in 2017, Brazil runs a serious risk of being afflicted by Oropouche, another virus that is widely distributed throughout South and Central America and the Caribbean. Oropouche has adapted to urban environments and is spreading ever closer to Brazil's major cities. An arbovirus transmitted by a mosquito, like Zika and yellow fever, Oropouche causes acute fever and may lead to meningitis and meningoencephalitis (inflammation of the brain and meninges).

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