Brazil Taking Steps To Quell Fears Over Mosquito-Borne Diseases Ahead Of Carnival, Olympics

Associated Press: Brazil to fund development of vaccine for Zika virus
“…Health Minister Marcelo Castro said Friday that the goal is for the Sao Paulo-based Butantan Institute to develop ‘in record time’ a vaccine for Zika, which is spread through mosquito bites. Institute Director Jorge Kalil said that is expected take three to five years…” (1/16).

Reuters: Zika virus scare spreads as Brazil gears up for Carnival, Olympics
“Olympic and tourism officials in Brazil downplayed risks for foreign visitors from the mosquito-borne Zika virus on Monday, even as the health ministry warned pregnant women to consult doctors before visiting the country amid a widening scare…” (Prada, 1/18).

Wall Street Journal: Brazil Struggles to Contain Zika Virus
“…Brazil is ground zero in the Americas for three genetically similar mosquito-borne diseases — dengue, chikungunya and Zika — that have hit record levels here in recent months…” (Johnson/Jelmayer, 1/18).

Xinhua News: Brazil has record number of dengue cases in 2015
“Brazil registered 1.6 million cases of dengue fever in 2015, a new record, up from the last record of 1.4 million cases in 2013, the country’s Health Ministry announced on Friday…” (1/15).

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