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Zika Virus Spreads Across Latin America

The Zika virus, transmitted by mosquito, has spread across most of Latin American since a surge in infections was first detected in Brazil last October. Its symptoms include fever and joint pain that last about a week. It may also cause brain defects in children born to infected mothers. So far, the Zika virus has apparently spread to 22 countries around the globe, and in the United States, two cases of the virus being sexually transmitted have been detected.
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Daniele Ferreira holds her son Juan Pedro during a session to stimulate the development of his eyesight at the Altino Ventura rehabilitation center in Recife, Brazil, January 28, 2016. The baby was born with microcephaly, a neurological disorder that damaged his brain and also affected his vision, a condition associated with an outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil.
Daniele Ferreira holds her son Juan Pedro during a session to stimulate the development of his eyesight at the Altino Ventura rehabilitation center in Recife, Brazil, January 28, 2016. The baby was born with microcephaly, a neurological disorder that damaged his brain and also affected his vision, a condition associated with an outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil. Photo:Reuters
A municipal worker carries out fumigation to help control the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Caracas, Venezuela Jan. 28, 2016.
A municipal worker carries out fumigation to help control the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Caracas, Venezuela Jan. 28, 2016. Photo:Reuters
Geovane Silva holds his child Gustavo Henrique, born with microcephaly, in the Hospital Oswaldo Cruz in Recife, Brazil, Jan. 26, 2016.
Geovane Silva holds his child Gustavo Henrique, born with microcephaly, in the Hospital Oswaldo Cruz in Recife, Brazil, Jan. 26, 2016. Photo:Reuters
A health ministry worker fumigates a house to kill mosquitoes during a campaign against dengue and chikungunya and to prevent the entry of Zika virus in Managua, Nicaragua Jan. 26, 2016.
A health ministry worker fumigates a house to kill mosquitoes during a campaign against dengue and chikungunya and to prevent the entry of Zika virus in Managua, Nicaragua Jan. 26, 2016. Photo:Reuters
The forearm of a public health technician is seen covered with sterile female Aedes aegyti mosquitoes after leaving a recipient to cultivate larvae, in a research area to prevent the spread of Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, at the entomology department of the Ministry of Public Health, in Guatemala City, Jan. 26, 2016.
The forearm of a public health technician is seen covered with sterile female Aedes aegyti mosquitoes after leaving a recipient to cultivate larvae, in a research area to prevent the spread of Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, at the entomology department of the Ministry of Public Health, in Guatemala City, Jan. 26, 2016. Photo:Reuters
A woman sits outside her house while a health ministry worker fumigates to kill mosquitoes during a campaign against dengue and chikungunya and to prevent the entry of Zika virus in Managua, Nicaragua Jan. 26, 2016.
A woman sits outside her house while a health ministry worker fumigates to kill mosquitoes during a campaign against dengue and chikungunya and to prevent the entry of Zika virus in Managua, Nicaragua Jan. 26, 2016. Photo:Reuters
Photograph provided by the Mexican Health Ministry, Jan 21, 2016 of a man a fumigating in Mexico City to prevent mosquitos from breeding. Mexico has registered 15 cases of the Zika virus.
Photograph provided by the Mexican Health Ministry, Jan 21, 2016 of a man a fumigating in Mexico City to prevent mosquitos from breeding. Mexico has registered 15 cases of the Zika virus. Photo:EFE
Two girls wait outside their house while members of the Cali Health Ministry fumigate the area, Jan. 28, 2016.
Two girls wait outside their house while members of the Cali Health Ministry fumigate the area, Jan. 28, 2016. Photo:EFE
A health worker shows a flier used to explain people how to prevent Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika viruses in San Salvador, El Salvador Jan. 28, 2016.
A health worker shows a flier used to explain people how to prevent Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika viruses in San Salvador, El Salvador Jan. 28, 2016. Photo:Reuters
Members of the Armed Forces in the Dominican Republic assist with preventative action against the mosquito “Aedes Aegypti,” the transmitter of Zika, dengue and yellow fever, Jan. 29, 2016.
Members of the Armed Forces in the Dominican Republic assist with preventative action against the mosquito “Aedes Aegypti,” the transmitter of Zika, dengue and yellow fever, Jan. 29, 2016. Photo:EFE
An employee from the El Salvadorian Health Ministry fumigates the patio of a house in the city of Soyapango, 6 kilometers east of San Salvador, Jan. 21, 2016.
An employee from the El Salvadorian Health Ministry fumigates the patio of a house in the city of Soyapango, 6 kilometers east of San Salvador, Jan. 21, 2016. Photo:EFE
A municipal worker next to a poster promoting Rio Carnival 2016 before fumigating the area with insecticide, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 26, 2016. The International Olympic Committee assured that the teams that will travel to the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in August will be safe against the Zika virus.
A municipal worker next to a poster promoting Rio Carnival 2016 before fumigating the area with insecticide, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 26, 2016. The International Olympic Committee assured that the teams that will travel to the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in August will be safe against the Zika virus. Photo:Reuters
Workers carry out fumigation in Buenos Aires, Argentina January 29, 2016. Argentina has confirmed its first case of the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus after a Colombian woman living in Buenos Aires tested positive, two health ministry sources said on Thursday.
Workers carry out fumigation in Buenos Aires, Argentina January 29, 2016. Argentina has confirmed its first case of the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus after a Colombian woman living in Buenos Aires tested positive, two health ministry sources said on Thursday. Photo:Reuters
Men cover their noses as a health worker fumigates La Carpio slum to help control the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in San Jose, Costa Rica, Jan. 28, 2016.
Men cover their noses as a health worker fumigates La Carpio slum to help control the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in San Jose, Costa Rica, Jan. 28, 2016. Photo:Reuters
A health ministry worker fumigates a house to kill mosquitoes during a campaign against dengue and chikungunya and to prevent the entry of Zika virus in Managua, Nicaragua January 28, 2016. Nicaraguan government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo announced on Thursday of a new positive case of Zika in Managua city, bringing confirmed cases in the country to three.
A health ministry worker fumigates a house to kill mosquitoes during a campaign against dengue and chikungunya and to prevent the entry of Zika virus in Managua, Nicaragua January 28, 2016. Nicaraguan government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo announced on Thursday of a new positive case of Zika in Managua city, bringing confirmed cases in the country to three. Photo:Reuters
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