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South American Health Ministers Vow Cooperation To Control Zika; U.N. Urges European, LAC Nations To Take Preventive Measures

Agence France-Presse: S. America holds crisis meeting as Zika ‘nightmare’ spreads
“South American health ministers held an emergency meeting on slowing the spread of the Zika virus, dubbed a ‘nightmare’ by hard-hit Brazil, where it is blamed for brain damage in babies…” (Notargiovanni, 2/3).

Agence France-Presse: South America vows to wipe out Zika-spreading mosquito
“…The health ministers gathered in Montevideo signed a declaration vowing to ‘design and execute education campaigns to control the carriers’ of the virus…” (Notargiovanni, 2/3).

CNN: Brazil President on Zika: Victory depends on our determination
“Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff urged Brazilians on Wednesday to fight the spread of the Zika virus. Rousseff, in a taped national TV address, said the virus represents a real threat…” (Almasy/Laje, 2/3).

Deutsche Welle: World Health Organization warns Europe to be on guard as Zika fears spread
“Zsuzsanna Jakab, the European director of the World Health Organization (WHO), said European countries had to act quickly to protect themselves from the Zika virus, which is spread by mosquitoes and suspected of causing deformities and brain damage in infants in South America…” (2/3).

Reuters: Brazil urges Latin America to coordinate fight against Zika
“…Brazil’s top health official Marcelo Castro said the region needed to ‘exchange information, make alliances, and discuss what coordinated action we can take to control this epidemic’…” (Lough, 2/3).

U.N. News Centre: UN health agency urges action now in European countries to prevent Zika virus spread
“European countries were called on [Wednesday] by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) to act early and in a coordinated way to protect the region from Zika virus, just one day after another case was confirmed in the United States…” (2/3).

VOA News: U.N. Urges Communities to Mobilize to Stop Zika Spread
“U.N. agencies are mobilizing communities in Latin America and the Caribbean to stop the spread of the Zika virus, which has infected tens of thousands of people in about 25 countries…” (Schlein, 2/3).

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