Brazil to give $2.8m for Zika research

2016-03-11 13:05
(Eraldo Peres, AP)

(Eraldo Peres, AP)

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Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's health minister says the country's top biomedical research institute is getting $2.8m to fund studies aimed at combatting the Zika virus.

Health Minister Marcelo Castro says over a $1m will help finance a study to find a vaccine for the virus, which Brazilian researchers have tentatively linked to a surge in cases of microcephaly, a birth defect that affects infants' skulls and brains.

The remaining funding will go toward a study on Zika and microcephaly to be jointly conducted by the Brazilian research institute Fiocruz and the US' National Institutes of Health.

Castro made the announcement during a visit on Thursday to Fiocruz's headquarters in Rio de Janeiro.

President Dilma Rousseff was also at Fiocruz for meetings with officials there but left without speaking to the media.

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