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In Brazil Dengue, zika virus, chikungunya kill 796 in 2016

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Brazil Health Ministry on Tuesday said Dengue fever, zika virus and chikungunya killed 796 people in Brazil in 2016, a media report said.

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes.

Symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash.

Until Dec. 24, the country registered 629 deaths caused by dengue, 159 by chikungunya and six by zika virus, a slight decrease from 2015, when the three diseases caused 1,001 deaths in the country.

Compared with 2015, deaths caused by dengue fell but those by chikungunya increased in 2016.

In 2016, Brazil had 1.49 million suspected cases of dengue, 265,000 of chikungunya and 214,000 of zika.

The number of suspected dengue cases in 2016 was the second highest since 1990.

In 2015, the country registered a record high of 1.64 million suspected cases, with the highest number registered in the midwestern and southeastern regions.

Chikungunya cases rose 589 per cent compared with 2015.

Unlike dengue, chikungunya and zika have only been registered in Brazil recently.

The first chikungunya case was registered in the country in 2014, making the majority of the population is vulnerable as there are no antibodies against the disease.

Zika was first registered in Brazil in 2015 and became more prominent because of its effects on pregnant women, whose babies can have several malformations, mainly microcephaly.

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Abiy Ahmed wins the 2019 Nobel Peace Award

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for immersly efforts to end two decades of hostility with longtime enemy Eritrea.

Though Africa’s youngest leader still faces big challenges, he has in under two years in power begun political and economic reforms that promise a better life for many in impoverished Ethiopia and restored ties with Eritrea that had been frozen since a 1998-2000 border war.

“We are proud as a nation,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement, hailing a “collective win for all Ethiopians, and a call to strengthen our resolve in making Ethiopia – the new horizon of hope – a prosperous nation for all.”

It said the prize was meant to recognize “all the stakeholders working for peace and reconciliation in Ethiopia and in the East and Northeast African regions.”

The Nobel Committee’s decision appeared designed to encourage the peace process, echoing the 1994 peace prize shared by Israeli and Palestinian leaders and the 1993 award for moves towards reconciliation in South Africa, said Dan Smith, head of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

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