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Christine Dumontet

Nurse

CDC: Health Infrastructure Breakdown in Venezuela

15 May 2018

CDC: Health Infrastructure Breakdown in Venezuela

Center for disease control and Prevention: Travel Notices. May 15, 2018 (Extract)

CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Venezuela.

The country is experiencing outbreaks of infectious diseases, and adequate health care is currently not available in most of the country.

What is the current situation?

There has been a breakdown of the medical infrastructure in Venezuela.

There are shortages of food, water, medicine, and medical supplies throughout much of the country.

Adequate health care is currently not available in Venezuela. 

Infectious diseases are on the rise, and several large outbreaks are occurring:

During the past year, over 1,000 confirmed cases of measles, including more 50 deaths, have been reported in 9 states.
In the past 2 years, over 1,600 suspected cases of diphtheria, including over 140 deaths, have been reported in 22 states.
In 2017, over 400,000 cases of malaria were reported.

Source: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/health-infrastructure-breakdown-venezuela