Rio carnival goers tell Zika mosquito to buzz off

2016-02-06 21:59

A massive, fleshy crowd of semi-naked people might seem like the Zika-transmitting mosquito's paradise, but Rio Carnival goers have said nothing - not even an international health emergency - can stop the party.

South America holds crisis meeting as Zika 'nightmare' spreads

2016-02-04 08:49

South American health ministers have held an emergency meeting on slowing the spread of the Zika virus, dubbed a "nightmare" by hard-hit Brazil, where it is blamed for brain damage in babies.

Obama, Rousseff share Zika concerns

2016-01-30 07:45

Brazil and the United States have agreed to launch a high-level bilateral group to develop a vaccine against the Zika virus that has spread rapidly across the Americas and been linked to microcephaly.

Will the Zika virus spread to South Africa?

2016-01-29 13:30

The Zika Virus is 'spreading explosively' in the Americas, but South Africa is not likely to be at risk, according to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases.

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The Zika virus is "spreading explosively" in the Americas and the region may see up to four million cases of the disease strongly suspected of causing birth defects, the World Health Organisation warns.

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Brazil president declares war on the Zika virus

2016-01-28 22:38

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is inviting all nations in Latin America and the Caribbean to discuss ways to join forces to cope with the rapid spread of the Zika virus.

Nicolaas Kruger: Pravin making difference, thawing business/govt ice floe

2016-01-26 07:24

MMI's chief executive argues in this interview in Davos that since the reappointment of Pravin Gordhan as Finance Minister the ice seems to be thawing.

Zika virus panic over birth defects in Latin America

2016-01-22 11:43

With the sting of a mosquito bite and a fever, many pregnant women may not know that they caught the Zika virus, until it strikes their unborn child.

Genetically modified mosquitoes combat Zika virus in Brazil

2016-01-20 09:27

Test results has released by a British biotech firm suggest that genetically modified mosquitoes could help Brazil combat the Zika virus

Brazil federal police indict mining executives for burst dam

2016-01-15 12:29

Brazil's federal police have indicted 3 mining companies and seven of their executives for a dam burst that caused Latin America's biggest environmental tragedy on record.


Zika virus spreads via transfusion - Brazil health official

2016-02-05 08:25

Two people in southeastern Brazil contracted the Zika virus through blood transfusions, a municipal health official says, presenting a fresh challenge to efforts to contain the virus on top of the disclosure of a case of sexual transmission in the US.

WHO mulls global health emergency declaration on Zika

2016-02-01 06:06

The World Health Organisation is set to debate whether a Zika virus outbreak suspected of causing a surge in serious birth defects in South America should be considered a global health emergency.

Petrobras to cut 30% of executives

2016-01-29 15:00

Brazilian petroleum giant Petrobras has announced that it will cut 30% of its senior executives as part of a restructuring plan.

Zika virus: 14 things you need to know

2016-01-29 12:23

The Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of a mosquito, is fast spreading in the Americas. Here are some facts that you should know.

Zika virus spreading explosively - WHO

2016-01-29 08:56

The Zika virus is "spreading explosively" in the Americas and the region may see up to four million cases of the disease strongly suspected of causing birth defects, the World Health Organisation warns.

Zika virus not considered a threat in Zambia

2016-01-27 17:31

Ugandan researchers say the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus is not considered a threat in the country where the virus was first discovered in a monkey in 1947.

Inmates blow open Brazil prison wall in mass breakout

2016-01-24 20:39

Inmates in one of Brazil's roughest prisons have used explosives to destroy a wall and escape en masse into surrounding streets, prompting a frantic manhunt.

Head of mining company in Brazil dam burst steps aside

2016-01-21 14:48

The mining company involved in a deadly dam burst last year says its president and head of operations are temporarily stepping aside.

Brazil judge suspends licence for hydroelectric dam

2016-01-15 17:28

A judge has suspended the operating licence for a massive hydroelectric dam in Brazil's Amazon jungle state of Para weeks before the first of its 24 turbines is scheduled to begin generating electricity.

Signs Brazil birth defects tied to mosquitoes

2016-01-13 23:30

The US Centers for Disease Control says researchers have found the strongest evidence so far of a possible link between the mosquito-borne virus Zika and a surge of birth defects in Brazil.

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