Brazil pres­i­dent de­clares war on the Zika virus

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

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.

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