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First Zika-linked deaths reported in Colombia
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First Zika-linked deaths reported in Colombia

Alina Dieste | AFP - February 5, 2016

Updated at 2:00 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5 BOGOTÁ -- Colombia said Friday three people had died of complications of the Zika virus sweeping Latin America, as the U.N. urged…

UN prods Latin America on abortion as Zika spreads
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UN prods Latin America on abortion as Zika spreads

Claire de Oliveira Neto | AFP - February 5, 2016

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -- The United Nations on Friday urged countries hit by the Zika virus to give women access to contraception and abortion, as health officials…

Panama looks to GM mosquitoes to combat Zika
Environment and Wildlife
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Environment and Wildlife
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Panama looks to GM mosquitoes to combat Zika

AFP - February 5, 2016

PANAMA CITY – Panama is mulling releasing millions of genetically modified mosquitoes on its territory to combat the spread of the Zika virus, a prominent health official told…

WHO advises against blood donations from people returning from Zika areas
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WHO advises against blood donations from people returning from Zika areas

AFP - February 4, 2016

GENEVA, Switzerland -- The World Health Organization on Thursday advised countries against accepting blood donations from people who have travelled to regions affected by the Zika virus. "With the…

The hidden environmental factors behind the spread of Zika and other devastating diseases
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The hidden environmental factors behind the spread of Zika and other devastating diseases

Chris Mooney | The Washington Post - February 4, 2016

The alarming spread of the Zika virus – caused in major part by the infamous Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can also carry dengue, yellow fever and chikungunya virus…

Costa Rica’s Supreme Court strikes down decree on IVF legalization, orders lawmakers to act
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Costa Rica’s Supreme Court strikes down decree on IVF legalization, orders lawmakers to act

AFP and The Tico Times - February 3, 2016

The fight to legalize in vitro fertilization in Costa Rica faces yet another setback after a high court struck down a recent decree by the administration of…

Costa Rica’s inclusion in Zika travel warning has tourism leaders worried
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Environment and Wildlife
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Costa Rica’s inclusion in Zika travel warning has tourism leaders worried

Jill Replogle - February 2, 2016

Costa Rica and Nicaragua were added this week to the list of nearly 30 countries and territories U.S. authorities are warning pregnant women to avoid because of the presence of Zika…

Zika alert: WHO declares global health emergency over spread of virus
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Zika alert: WHO declares global health emergency over spread of virus

AFP - February 1, 2016

GENEVA, Switzerland -- The World Health Organization on Monday declared that a surge in serious birth defects in South America was "strongly suspected" of being caused by the…

Brazil may have fewer Zika-related microcephaly cases than previously reported
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Brazil
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Brazil may have fewer Zika-related microcephaly cases than previously reported

Dom Phillips and Lena H. Sun | The Washington Post - January 30, 2016

Brazil is enduring an extraordinary outbreak of microcephaly, a rare birth defect that results in infants being born with abnormally small heads and brains. Since last fall,…

Brazil’s Rousseff vows to win Zika ‘war’
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Brazil’s Rousseff vows to win Zika ‘war’

Natalia Ramos | AFP - January 29, 2016

SALVADOR, Brazil -- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff vowed Friday to "win the war" against the Zika virus, but some experts criticized her government's response and warned the Olympics could…

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