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Costa Rica decrees emergency to prevent spread of Zika, other mosquito-borne viruses
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Chikungunya
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Costa Rica decrees emergency to prevent spread of Zika, other mosquito-borne viruses

L. Arias - February 26, 2016

The spread of mosquito-borne diseases throughout Costa Rica prompted officials to declare a state of emergency Thursday for 31 cantons located in all seven provinces. The executive decree follows recent confirmation of…

Zika crisis to get ‘worse before it gets better,’ WHO says
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Brazil
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Zika crisis to get ‘worse before it gets better,’ WHO says

Sebastian Smith | AFP - February 25, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- The Zika virus, believed to be linked to the serious birth defect microcephaly, presents a "formidable" challenge that will be hard to stamp out,…

Court rules Canadians can grow their own medical pot
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Canada
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Court rules Canadians can grow their own medical pot

AFP - February 24, 2016

MONTREAL, Canada – A Canadian court Wednesday struck down federal rules governing the growing and distribution of medical marijuana, ruling that Canadians have a constitutional right to grow it for…

Tourism sector seeks to calm fears of Zika virus
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Tourism sector seeks to calm fears of Zika virus

L. Arias - February 24, 2016

The day after health authorities announced Costa Rica's first two locally-transmitted cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, tourism officials held an emergency meeting to talk about how…

Obama seeks $1.9 billion to combat spread of Zika virus
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Global
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Obama seeks $1.9 billion to combat spread of Zika virus

Brady Dennis | The Washington Post - February 23, 2016

See: Costa Rica confirms first two local cases of Zika virus U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday asked Congress to set aside $1.9 billion to respond to the…

Costa Rica confirms first two local cases of Zika virus
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Costa Rica confirms first two local cases of Zika virus

L. Arias - February 22, 2016

Officials from Costa Rica's Health Ministry on Monday confirmed that two women from the community of Sámara, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, are the first two…

Dengue, chikungunya cases in Costa Rica up by over 600 percent
Chikungunya
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Chikungunya
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Dengue, chikungunya cases in Costa Rica up by over 600 percent

L. Arias - February 22, 2016

Although most of the interest these days is focused on the arrival in the country of the Zika virus, there's been a staggering rise in other -- and in…

Mosquito spreading Zika has long been one of the world’s ‘most efficient killers’
Chikungunya
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Chikungunya
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Mosquito spreading Zika has long been one of the world’s ‘most efficient killers’

Brady Dennis | The Washington Post - February 19, 2016

It's one of the most relentless stalkers on Earth, using a tiny, needle-like probe to sip its victims' blood. It dines almost exclusively on humans and never…

World Bank: Zika will cost Latin America $3.5 billion in 2016
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Brazil
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World Bank: Zika will cost Latin America $3.5 billion in 2016

The Tico Times - February 18, 2016

Economic losses associated with the mosquito-borne Zika virus spreading across Latin America and the Caribbean are expected to total roughly $3.5 billion this year, according to initial estimates from…

With abortion banned in Zika countries, women beg on web for abortion pills
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Global
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With abortion banned in Zika countries, women beg on web for abortion pills

Michael E. Miller | The Washington Post - February 18, 2016

The emails arrive at an accelerating pace. Once sporadic, they now come in an incessant stream of 40, 45 or 50 per day. Most are in Spanish…