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35 positive with yaws

These figures indicate that the highly contagious and infectious skin disease is present in other villages in the area, therefore requiring urgent attention before it spreads.

The remote Upati Village hardly ever has medical teams visit them let alone a trained doctor and laboratory scientist.

Villagers turned up in numbers as word spread quickly.

Mothers and their children, men and even the elderly braved the wet weather to get tested for yaws.

From the 117 blood tests conducted, 35 were found positive.

Brazil sees sharp rise in yellow fever cases

They said there had been 63 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne illness so far this year, up from seven in the whole of 2016.

Most of the cases have been in rural areas of Minas Gerais state, a Ministry of Health statement said.

The government has sent two million doses of yellow fever vaccines to the state.

The governor of Minas Gerais has declared a 180-day state of emergency.

What is yellow fever?

ยงย  Caused by a virus that is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes