The hidden environmental factors behind the spread of Zika and other devastating diseases
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The hidden environmental factors behind the spread of Zika and other devastating diseases

Chris Mooney | The Washington Post - February 4, 2016

The alarming spread of the Zika virus – caused in major part by the infamous Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can also carry dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya virus…

Costa Rica’s inclusion in Zika travel warning has tourism leaders worried
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Costa Rica’s inclusion in Zika travel warning has tourism leaders worried

Jill Replogle - February 2, 2016

Costa Rica and Nicaragua were added this week to the list of nearly 30 countries and territories U.S. authorities are warning pregnant women to avoid because of the presence of Zika…

Zika alert: WHO declares global health emergency over spread of virus
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Zika alert: WHO declares global health emergency over spread of virus

AFP - February 1, 2016

GENEVA, Switzerland -- The World Health Organization on Monday declared that a surge in serious birth defects in South America was "strongly suspected" of being caused by the…

Brazil may have fewer Zika-related microcephaly cases than previously reported
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Brazil may have fewer Zika-related microcephaly cases than previously reported

Dom Phillips and Lena H. Sun | The Washington Post - January 30, 2016

Brazil is enduring an extraordinary outbreak of microcephaly, a rare birth defect that results in infants being born with abnormally small heads and brains. Since last fall,…

Brazil’s Rousseff vows to win Zika ‘war’
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Brazil’s Rousseff vows to win Zika ‘war’

Natalia Ramos | AFP - January 29, 2016

SALVADOR, Brazil -- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff vowed Friday to "win the war" against the Zika virus, but some experts criticized her government's response and warned the Olympics could…

Zika alert: Costa Rica increases surveillance of travelers entering the country
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Zika alert: Costa Rica increases surveillance of travelers entering the country

L. Arias - January 28, 2016

Following the confirmation of the first case of a Tico infected with the rapidly spreading Zika virus, Costa Rica Health Ministry officials on Wednesday announced new steps to boost surveillance at all…

Brazil urges joint Zika fight, airlines offer refunds
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Brazil urges joint Zika fight, airlines offer refunds

Eugenia Logiuratto | AFP - January 27, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil urged its neighbors Wednesday to unite in fighting the Zika virus, blamed for a surge in brain-damaged babies, as airlines offered refunds to pregnant…

First Zika virus case reported in Costa Rica
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First Zika virus case reported in Costa Rica

Zach Dyer - January 26, 2016

The first case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus has been detected in Costa Rica, health officials announced Tuesday. The Health Ministry issued a statement confirming the first…

Zika pregnancy panic a loaded issue for Latin America
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Zika pregnancy panic a loaded issue for Latin America

Carlos Mario Marquez | AFP - January 26, 2016

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Don't get pregnant for the next two years. That is the warning El Salvador's government has issued women as Zika, a tropical virus…