Brazilian Military Government Tried To Conceal Meningitis Epidemic In 1974

The current debate over the lack of transparency in coronavirus figures echoes another serious epidemic that stopped Brazil during the military dictatorship.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The national debate on transparency in the disclosure of coronavirus data evokes another less than noble moment in national statistical history. Since Saturday, information about the meningitis epidemic that swept the country in the 1970s, which the dictatorship of Emílio Medici and Ernesto Geisel tried to conceal, has been spreading on social media.

Meningitis is the inflammatory process of the meninges, the membranes that envelop the brain and the . . .

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