Mosquito spreading Zika has long been one of the world’s ‘most efficient killers’
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Mosquito spreading Zika has long been one of the world’s ‘most efficient killers’

Brady Dennis | The Washington Post - February 19, 2016

It's one of the most relentless stalkers on Earth, using a tiny, needle-like probe to sip its victims' blood. It dines almost exclusively on humans and never…

World Bank: Zika will cost Latin America $3.5 billion in 2016
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World Bank: Zika will cost Latin America $3.5 billion in 2016

Zach Dyer - February 18, 2016

Economic losses associated with the mosquito-borne Zika virus spreading across Latin America and the Caribbean are expected to total roughly $3.5 billion this year, according to initial estimates from…

With abortion banned in Zika countries, women beg on web for abortion pills
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With abortion banned in Zika countries, women beg on web for abortion pills

Michael E. Miller | The Washington Post - February 18, 2016

The emails arrive at an accelerating pace. Once sporadic, they now come in an incessant stream of 40, 45 or 50 per day. Most are in Spanish…

Commenting on Zika virus, Pope Francis calls abortion ‘a human evil’
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Commenting on Zika virus, Pope Francis calls abortion ‘a human evil’

AFP - February 18, 2016

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis insisted Thursday that abortion was always a crime but hinted that the Church could exceptionally relax its ban on contraception for women at…

Zika research to be published rapidly and free
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Zika research to be published rapidly and free

Mariëtte Le Roux | AFP - February 10, 2016

PARIS – Top research institutions, funders and publishers said Wednesday they would make all scientific findings on the Zika virus assailing Latin America available speedily and free. A…

Costa Rica boosts measures against Zika, rules out risks for tourists
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Costa Rica boosts measures against Zika, rules out risks for tourists

L. Arias - February 9, 2016

Officials from several government agencies on Monday said the current situation of Zika virus does not pose a risk for tourists traveling to Costa Rica, and that there is…

First Zika-linked deaths reported in Colombia
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First Zika-linked deaths reported in Colombia

Alina Dieste | AFP - February 5, 2016

Updated at 2:00 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5 BOGOTÁ -- Colombia said Friday three people had died of complications of the Zika virus sweeping Latin America, as the U.N. urged…

UN prods Latin America on abortion as Zika spreads
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UN prods Latin America on abortion as Zika spreads

Claire de Oliveira Neto | AFP - February 5, 2016

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -- The United Nations on Friday urged countries hit by the Zika virus to give women access to contraception and abortion, as health officials…

Panama looks to GM mosquitoes to combat Zika
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Panama looks to GM mosquitoes to combat Zika

AFP - February 5, 2016

PANAMA CITY – Panama is mulling releasing millions of genetically modified mosquitoes on its territory to combat the spread of the Zika virus, a prominent health official told…

WHO advises against blood donations from people returning from Zika areas
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WHO advises against blood donations from people returning from Zika areas

AFP - February 4, 2016

GENEVA, Switzerland -- The World Health Organization on Thursday advised countries against accepting blood donations from people who have travelled to regions affected by the Zika virus. "With the…