In the Pernambuco state, health experts and state and local administrations are investigating an outbreak of skin lesions that might be linked to the increased use of ivermectin. The brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, falsely claims that the drug is an effective treatment against covid-19.
The possible link between ivermectin and the public heath problem was first made in a paper published in august, written by a group of researchers from the Alagoas State University.
"Ivermectin is an antiparasitic and antimicrobial drug. Therefore, that’s what happens: every time people excessively use an antimicrobial drug, it increases the chance of the pathogen getting resistant", says Alfredo Dias, a professor from the Alagoas State University.
Also on this week show: the surveys to the 2022 elections in Brazil point out the former president Lula leading the poll, president Jair Bolsonaro is in the second position, and the former judge Sergio Moro is in the third position.
The city of Boca do Acre, heart of the Amazon rainforest: from there comes a big part of the Brazil nuts consumed in the urban areas. That is a product that arrives at our tables only because of the hard work of the extractive workers. The documentary “Castanhal”, produced by Brasil de Fato journalists in partnership with the ngo Papel Social, went to the forest to show who are these workers.
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Edited by: Arturo Hartmann