Brazil president declares war on the Zika virus

2016-01-28 22:38
A Brazilian baby with microcephaly. (Felipe Dana, AP)

A Brazilian baby with microcephaly. (Felipe Dana, AP)

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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.

She said she was proposing to open up to the other nations at a gathering of health ministers of the regional Mercosur trade bloc

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." Rousseff tweeted.

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