Argentina Stocks Up on Mosquito-Eating Frogs to Fight Zika

Facing significant shortages of imported insect repellants in light of Latin America’s Zika pandemic, Argentines are turning to an online market selling mosquito-eating frogs and toads to protect their homes from Aedes aegypti, the carrier of Zika, Dengue fever, and Chikungunya.

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Doctors: Brazilian Men Abandoning Pregnant Women over Zika

Doctors in Brazil say they are shocked by what they perceive as a surge in the number of women raising children with microcephaly alone, after their male partners leave them, blaming the woman for their child’s disorder. The number of microcephaly cases in Brazil has increased significantly since the current outbreak of the Zika virus began.

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PHOTOS: Brazilians Disguised as Zika Mosquitoes Storm Opening Day of Carnival

As Brazil struggles to contain the Zika virus in what has now become a pandemic, the nation officially begins its annual Carnival. Despite experts deeming the scantily clad nationwide block party an “explosive cocktail” for a mosquito-borne illness, thousands are expected to flood the streets of the nation’s biggest cities and have a good time.

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University Working on Zika Vaccine in Texas

Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston are trying to find out how to control the spread of the Zika virus, and they hope to later develop a vaccine. Their work is a coordinated effort with researchers in other countries, like Brazil, to help further control of the virus.

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Brazil Calls In American Experts as Zika Panic Grows

The Health Ministry of Brazil has requested that American virologists travel to Zika-affected areas and hold high-level meetings with their medical experts, as they collaborate to find a vaccine to prevent the disease from spreading further.

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