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A 'tsunami of disease' slams Brazil's health system

The triple-whammy of mosquito-borne illnesses — the Zika virus, dengue fever and chikungunya — has pushed Brazil’s universal healthcare system beyond its already stretched capacity at a time when there is little money to shore it up. In the state of Pernambuco, the scope of the epidemics is stunning: Reported mosquito-borne illnesses rose from 20,000 in 2014 to 150,000 in 2015.

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As Brazil marks Carnival, women worry about Zika

With no end to the outbreak in sight, Zika has become a part of the five-day celebrations. Mosquito costumes have featured heavily in parades across the country. Health officials handed out paper fans with information about how to avoid the virus. And some pregnant women did what was once unthinkable in a nation known for its celebratory spirit — they stayed home.

Medicine

The race is on to come up with a good test for Zika

President Barack Obama is getting out in front of the fight against the Zika. He's asked Congress for emergency funding to combat the mosquito-borne virus. The money could speed the development of a vaccine, and a much needed diagnostic test for Zika.

Health

A 'tsunami of disease' slams Brazil's health system

The triple-whammy of mosquito-borne illnesses — the Zika virus, dengue fever and chikungunya — has pushed Brazil’s universal healthcare system beyond its already stretched capacity at a time when there is little money to shore it up. In the state of Pernambuco, the scope of the epidemics is stunning: Reported mosquito-borne illnesses rose from 20,000 in 2014 to 150,000 in 2015.