03/02/2016 Latin America united against Zika fever

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At a meeting in Montevideo, more than a dozen Latin American countries resolved to work together to fight the spread of the Zika fever virus, even though many of these countries, including Uruguay, have not been affected by the epidemic. The health ministers of South America and their counterparts from Mexico, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic agreed, among other measures, to join forces in scientific research to identify the virus, and to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads the virus, beyond the borders of each country.

The Zika virus, which has been around for years, was discovered in Uganda and causes mild cold-like symptoms. However, since the current outbreak, which began in Brazil, this normally rather harmless pathogen is suspected of causing birth defects (microcephaly) in unborn children.