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Brazil Zika outbreak: New test kits for mosquito-borne viruses

January 17, 2016
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Brazil Zika outbreak: New test kits for mosquito-borne viruses

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes are the transmitters of all three viruses BBC: The Brazilian Health ministry says it’s developed new testing kits to rapidly identify the presence of three viruses – Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya – all carried by the same mosquito. Health Minister Marcelo Castro said priority for...
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Haiti faces one-horse race as opposition boycotts presidential vote

January 17, 2016
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Haiti faces one-horse race as opposition boycotts presidential vote

PORT-AU-PRINCE | By Joseph Guyler Delva Reuters. Haiti’s opposition presidential candidate Jude Celestin has announced he will not take part in a runoff election because he does not have faith in the process, in a move that could mean a shoe-in for the ruling party on Jan. 24. Celestin said he would tell election...
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Brazilians panic as mosquito-borne virus is linked to brain damage in thousands of babies

January 17, 2016
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Brazilians panic as mosquito-borne virus is linked to brain damage in thousands of babies

By Dom Phillips January 15 RECIFE, Brazil — Jusikelly da Silva was full of expectations for her baby. This was to be her fourth with her spouse, Josenildo, and the couple had three other children from previous relationships. “All perfect, all normal,” her husband said of their family. Then, at the six-month mark of...
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six years after quake, UN cites progress but warns of ‘deteriorating’ situation for those still in camps

January 17, 2016
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six years after quake, UN cites progress but warns of ‘deteriorating’ situation for those still in camps

Six years after the devastating earthquake of 2010 that killed more than 200,000 people and left at least 1.5 million homeless, about 96 per cent of the displaced have left the camps under relocation programmes. Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi 15 January 2016 – Six years after the devastating earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people...
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