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

The Tico Times - 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 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…

Traveling to Rio for Carnival or the Olympics? Here’s what you should know about Zika virus
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Traveling to Rio for Carnival or the Olympics? Here’s what you should know about Zika virus

Kate Silver | Special to The Washington Post - January 29, 2016

Nearly 500,000 visitors are expected to travel to Rio de Janeiro for Carnival, which kicks off Feb. 5. Six months later, about 380,000 visitors are expected to…

Zika alert: Costa Rica increases surveillance of travelers entering the country
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Zika alert: Costa Rica increases surveillance of travelers entering the country

L. Arias - January 28, 2016

Following the confirmation of the first case of a Tico infected with the rapidly spreading Zika virus, Costa Rica Health Ministry officials on Wednesday announced new steps to boost surveillance at all…

Brazil urges joint Zika fight, airlines offer refunds
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Brazil urges joint Zika fight, airlines offer refunds

Eugenia Logiuratto | AFP - January 27, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil urged its neighbors Wednesday to unite in fighting the Zika virus, blamed for a surge in brain-damaged babies, as airlines offered refunds to pregnant…

First Zika virus case reported in Costa Rica
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First Zika virus case reported in Costa Rica

The Tico Times - January 26, 2016

The first case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus has been detected in Costa Rica, health officials announced Tuesday. The Health Ministry issued a statement confirming the first…

Mexico opens landmark debate on marijuana laws
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Mexico opens landmark debate on marijuana laws

AFP - January 26, 2016

MEXICO CITY – Mexico opened on Tuesday the first of five debates that could lead to changes in the country's prohibitionist marijuana laws, as a top official acknowledged…