Coronavirus Reaches Isolated Yanomami Tribe from Amazon | News from Brazil


Brazil announced the first coronavirus case among the Yanomami people, an indigenous group in the Amazon known for their remoteness and vulnerability to foreign diseases.

The patient, a 15-year-old boy, was being treated in an intensive care unit at a hospital in Boa Vista, the capital of the northern state of Roraima, officials said.

“Today, we have confirmed a case among the Yanomami, which is very worrying,” said Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta on Wednesday.


“We have to be triple careful with [Indigenous] communities, especially those with very little contact with the outside world. ”

Brazil has now confirmed at least seven cases of coronavirus among the indigenous population, according to the newspaper Globo.

The first was a 20-year-old woman from the Kokama ethnic group, confirmed positive a week ago.

Brazil is home to around 800,000 indigenous people from over 300 ethnic groups.

The Yanomami, known for their face painting and intricate piercings, number about 27,000.

Widely isolated from the outside world until the mid-twentieth century, they were devastated by diseases such as measles and malaria in the 1970s.

Indigenous people in the Amazon rainforest are particularly vulnerable to imported diseases because they have historically been isolated from the germs against which much of the world has developed immunity.


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