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Brazil: Doctors one step closer to solving mystery black urine disease02:48

Brazil: Doctors one step closer to solving mystery black urine disease

Brazil, Salvador
February 14, 2017 at 19:35 GMT -00:00 · Published

Doctors have come one step closer to solving a mysterious black urine sickness, after Dr. Gubbio Soares at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) and his team announced that the illness is caused by a virus.

A total of at least 64 people have reportedly suffered from black coloured urine, migraines and even kidney failure in Bahia state as well as Ceara, and it is suspected that the disease has also caused two fatalities. So far Soares and his research team have been able to determine that a virus is causing the ailments but are not able to identify what the virus is. It is recommended that anyone suffering from black urine should seek treatment in hospital, since they run the risk of kidney failure.

"They [the government] are not taking care of prevention, putting out the fire is too late, because the fire has already destroyed and burned," Soares warned on Tuesday.

The Ministry of Health continues its investigation into the disease and several research centres have received samples to investigate.

Brazil: Doctors one step closer to solving mystery black urine disease02:48
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Doctors have come one step closer to solving a mysterious black urine sickness, after Dr. Gubbio Soares at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) and his team announced that the illness is caused by a virus.

A total of at least 64 people have reportedly suffered from black coloured urine, migraines and even kidney failure in Bahia state as well as Ceara, and it is suspected that the disease has also caused two fatalities. So far Soares and his research team have been able to determine that a virus is causing the ailments but are not able to identify what the virus is. It is recommended that anyone suffering from black urine should seek treatment in hospital, since they run the risk of kidney failure.

"They [the government] are not taking care of prevention, putting out the fire is too late, because the fire has already destroyed and burned," Soares warned on Tuesday.

The Ministry of Health continues its investigation into the disease and several research centres have received samples to investigate.

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