The Venezuelan people have enough to contend with — desperate hunger, massive inflation, a dictator who refuses to leave power — without the spread of long-eradicated disease, but this weekend, the Pan-American Health Organization revealed that a Venezuelan child has been diagnosed with one of the only recorded cases of polio in decades.
The child, who lives in the “extremely impoverished” state of Delta Amacuro, Venezuela, was not vaccinated against the deadly disease and has likely received no medical care or treatment in his entire life.
The last case of polio in Venezuela was recorded in 1989.
Health officials were especially angry about the case because, it seems, Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government waited more than a month to let authorities know they’d discovered a case of polio — more than enough time for the disease to spread among impoverished children, and more than enough time for travelers and refugees who came in contact with the disease to spread it beyond Venezuela’s borders.
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