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Brazil puts emergency medical plan into action

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 18 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d359
  1. Klaus Morales
  1. 1São Paulo, Brazil

An emergency medical plan has been put in place after floods and mudslides struck three cities in the mountainous area north of Rio de Janeiro.

In what is thought to be the greatest natural disaster in Brazil’s history, more than 640 people have died and at least 10 000 have lost their homes.

Field hospitals were built two days after the disaster and are being coordinated by health personnel from the navy, …

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