Brazil’s President Authorizes Entry Into Private Property To Eliminate Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes; Officials Issue Warning Over Pregnant Women Traveling To Rio Olympics

Agence France-Presse: Brazil issues Olympics warning as WHO declares Zika emergency
“… ‘The risk, which I would say is serious, is for pregnant women. It is clearly not advisable for you (to travel to the Games) because you don’t want to take that risk,’ said President Dilma Rousseff’s chief of staff, Jaques Wagner. Wagner sought to downplay fears for Olympic athletes and fans who are not expectant mothers…” (Larson, 2/2).

Associated Press: Brazil officials can access all buildings to fight mosquito
“Brazil’s president has signed a measure allowing health officials access to any building to eradicate breeding grounds for a mosquito spreading the Zika virus…” (2/1).

Reuters: Brazil authorizes forced entry to private property to fight Zika
“…The presidential decree was published in the government’s official gazette on Monday and allows the forced entry by health officials into public and private properties if they have been abandoned or the owners are not present…” (Fonseca/Ewing, 2/1).

Reuters: Exclusive: Brazil says Zika virus outbreak worse than believed
“Brazil’s top health official said on Monday that the Zika virus outbreak is proving to be worse than believed because most cases show no symptoms, but improved testing should allow the country to get a better grip on the burgeoning public health crisis…” (Boadle/Paraguassu, 2/2).

TIME: How Brazil Uncovered the Possible Connection Between Zika and Microcephaly
“The Zika outbreak almost certainly began in the Brazilian city of Recife, where doctors figured out what was happening to pregnant women…” (Sifferlin, 2/1).

Wall Street Journal: Brazil Allows Health Workers to Enter Private Property to Combat Zika
“…The emergency measure will mainly open doors for state and municipal health workers sent out to destroy mosquito-breeding grounds — stagnant water typically left in buckets, drains or ditches. In other cases, Brazilian law requires authorities to obtain a warrant from a judge to enter private property without the owner present…” (Jelmayer, 2/1).

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