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Members of remote tribe receive care before heading home






Members of a remote tribe made contact with another tribe. Photo from FUNAI

Seven members of a remote tribe in the Amazon rainforest were treated for the flu before they returned to their home community, Brazil's Indian affairs department said.

Fundação Nacional do Índio, known as FUNAI, determined that the tribal members spoke a Panoan language. The language is spoken by communities along the Peru-Brazil border and in Bolivia.

The tribal members made contact with another Indian community sometime late last month. They indicated that they were fleeing violence along the border.

In a press release, FUNAI said it will re-establish a post in the area to monitor the situation. The border is known for drug trafficking and illegal logging and tribes are often caught in the middle.

The seven members are from a community that wasn't previously known to government officials.

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