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Health Minister Urges Brazilians to Join Zika Battle

Health Minister Urges Brazilians to Join Zika Battle

Friday, 12 February 2016 01:32 PM

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's health minister is calling on residents to join the government's battle to eliminate Zika, saying that keeping homes free of mosquitoes is the most-effective way to contain the virus.

Marcelo Castro made the remarks Friday in an interview with The Associated Press. The comments come a day before Brazil's president and her Cabinet take to the streets for one-day education campaign in which they aim to reach 3 million homes.

Castro says he has no doubt about the link between Zika and a surge in a rare birth defect known as microcephaly, despite what many see as a lack of scientific proof.

He says the federal government is pushing states and local governments to speed up tests of newborns suspecting of having the ailment.

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Brazil's health minister is calling on residents to join the government's battle to eliminate Zika, saying that keeping homes free of mosquitoes is the most-effective way to contain the virus.Marcelo Castro made the remarks Friday in an interview with The Associated Press....
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