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Parks Shut Down Amid Possible Yellow Fever Outbreak; Vaccinations in São Paulo on the Rise

10/25/2017 - 11h45

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FROM SÃO PAULO

Yet another park in São Paulo has been shut down indefinitely due to a possible yellow fever outbreak.

The Secretary of the Environment announced on Tuesday (the 24th) that the Anhanguera park - the biggest in the city - would be off limits, and advised citizens not to visit linear parks such as Canivete and Córrego do Bispo.

The Municipal Secretary of Environment stated that the measure was a precautionary one that was taken after a callithrix monkey was found dead and initial test results confirmed yellow fever. However, the secretary said that further testing is still necessary.

Last week, parks such as Forest Gardens and Cantareira were shut down - both of which are in the northern district of São Paulo - after a howler monkey was found dead in Forest Gardens and test results came back positive for the virus that causes the disease.

Cases of yellow fever in urban areas in Brazil had been unheard of since 1942. The wild yellow fever virus was transmitted to monkeys through the haemagogus mosquito, which is typically found in the wild.

Though monkeys may host the virus, they can't transmit it to humans - a role undertaken by the aedes aegypti mosquito after it has bitten someone who is infected.

"The mosquito attacks targeting fauna are warning us to contain the disease and make sure it doesn't target humans. We request that citizens inform us if there any sick or dead animals present and never kill our animals!", wrote Juliana Summa, the director of the Wild Fauna Division of the Secretary of the Environment in a statement.

Translated by THOMAS MATHEWSON

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The Secretary of the Environment announced on Tuesday (the 24th) that the Anhanguera park - the biggest in the city - would be off limits
The Secretary of the Environment announced on Tuesday (the 24th) that the Anhanguera park - the biggest in the city - would be off limits

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