Outbreak of diarrhea in Brazil is suspected to be caused by contaminated water

In Palmeira dos Indios, Alagoas, 260 people have been recorded seeking treatment for diarrhea in January alone. Officials are suspecting contaminated drinking water to be the cause of the outbreak after a long drought affected 40 municipalities in Alagoas.

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