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Zika To Cost Latin American, Caribbean Region Up To $18B From 2015-2017, With Poorer Nations Hit Hardest, UNDP/IFRC Report Shows

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Latin America’s poor need more help to tackle Zika: U.N.
“The ripple effects of the Zika virus are hitting the poor hard in Latin America and the Caribbean, and could knock back development unless states involve communities in a stronger push to tackle the disease, a U.N.-led study said on Thursday. The mosquito-borne Zika virus will cost the region between $7 billion and $18 billion from 2015 to 2017, said the report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)…” (Hares, 4/6).

U.N. News Centre: Zika could end up costing Latin America and the Caribbean up to $18 billion, U.N. reports finds
“…The report, Socio-economic impact assessment of Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean, … has a particular focus on Brazil, Colombia, and Suriname — countries that first reported the outbreak in October-November 2015. … While larger economies such as Brazil could bear the greatest ‘absolute’ burden, but the most ‘severe’ impacts are likely be felt in the poorest countries such as Haiti…” (4/6).

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