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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - "We were in the village and everyone started dying. Some moved into the forest and died there. We were all sick and weak, and we couldn't even bury the dead. The bodies were rotting in the ground. The vultures ate everything."

Epidemics can plague indigenous communities in a matter of days. Picture the sheer effort to keep going while your loved ones are dying around you for no apparent reason and with overwhelming speed.

The devastating effects of new diseases are painfully familiar to the indigenous peoples of the Americas, up to 90 percent of . . .

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