Brazil president declares war on the Zika virus
SAO PAULO — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has invited all nations in Latin America and the Caribbean to discuss ways to join forces to cope with the rapid spread of the Zika virus and declared war on the mosquito that carries it. Rousseff told reporters covering the Wednesday summit meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States in Quito, Ecuador that next week’s meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay, would be held on Tuesday. Health Minister Jorge Basso of Uruguay later said the gathering was scheduled for Wednesday. On Twitter, Rousseff said “we must declare war on the Aedes aegypti mosquito” that carries the virus, a war that will focus on eliminating the insect’s breeding grounds until a vaccine is developed. “We are going to focus on eliminating all the pools of standing water where the Aedes live and reproduce.” Meanwhile, Venezuela authorities have broken their silence on the outbreak of Zika in the South American country, and they’re pledging to mount a public health campaign to slow the virus’ spread.