Lianne Milton

Pacaraima, Roraima, Brazil

Edikson Raposo (26) of Santa Elena, Venezuela, receiving leprosy treatment at the state hospital in Pacaraima. Doctors say there has been an increase of leprosy and malaria cases, which is carried by mosquitos, because of stagnant pools of water in illegal gold mines in the Venezuelan Amazon.

The hospital says there have been about 20-30 new cases of malaria and leprosy each month since 2015, a 200 % increase in each. In January 2017, there were 62 cases of malaria but for February and March, there were 192 cases each month. Venezuela lacks prevention work for these diseases so refugees arrive already sick, said hospital director Alshelldson de Jesus. 'We've seen an increase of worsening health conditions in migrants.'

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