Brazil's huge wealth disparities, porous social safety net and tightly-packed, densely populated favelas all make the country the ideal host for disease disaster. And some are warning if things continue, it's death toll will likely surpass that of America.
The Brazilian President has flouted health experts, attended gatherings, attacked the press, spread false information and portrayed the virus as a scheme dreamed up by his enemies. As the country's death toll rises, Jair Bolsonaro's personal experience is unlikely to change his approach, writes Emily Olson.
Volunteers and emergency services came to the rescue of a baby humpback whale stranded on a well-known tourist beach in Rio de Janeiro state. Footage from the coastal resort of Arraial do Cabo showed efforts to save the disorientated whale lying on its side.
Fires are worsening in the Pantanal, the world's largest wetlands, adjacent to the southern Amazon. In July, the number of blazes there more than tripled to 1,684 compared to the same month a year ago, according to INPE data, the most for that month since records began in 1998.
Large plumes of smoke wafted through jungle trees and fires crackled through undergrowth as the Amazon, the world's largest rain forest and a bulwark against climate change, was once again under threat from forest fires.