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Brazil’s Government Must Do More To Prevent Further Zika Outbreaks, HRW Report Says

Forbes: How Brazil’s Zika Epidemic Highlights Women’s Every Day Plight — Human Rights Watch
“A new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report looks at the aftermath of the Zika epidemic in Brazil — and also holds disturbing lessons for the U.S. The group interviewed more than 180 people impacted by Zika, mostly women with affected babies and those who were still pregnant…” (Stone, 7/15).

The Guardian: ‘Poverty favors the mosquito’: experts warn Zika virus could return to Brazil
“… ‘The underlying conditions that allowed the outbreak to be so damaging have not been addressed and there is a vulnerability for future outbreaks,’ said Amanda Klasing, one of the report’s authors. She added that millions of people lack proper sanitation or fresh water, and women also need better information and access to contraception and safe abortion — which is illegal in most cases in Brazil…” (Phillips, 7/14).

USA TODAY: Brazil risks new Zika outbreak 3 months after end of health emergency
“…Brazil’s health ministry said in a statement Thursday that the administration has increased spending on improving basic sanitation and water facilities, along with budgeting more for health surveillance, including controlling mosquito populations…” (Toy, 7/15).

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