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Peru and Uruguay step up efforts against Zika virus

Friday, February 05, 2016 - 01:10

As the mosquito-borne Zika virus spreads across the Americas, Peru and Uruguay step up efforts to curb a national outbreak. Natasha Howitt reports.

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As the mosquito-borne Zika virus spreads across the Americas, some countries seem to be faring better than others. Uruguay has yet to register a case, and Peru only has one so far - a Venezuelan man who travelled through Colombia before arriving in Lima. For them, stopping the virus at their borders is crucial. Peru is fumigating areas from college campuses to bus terminals. The deputy public health minister says the country can expect a minimum of 40,000 cases if they do not seriously intervene. Sanitation workers in Uruguay's Montevideo, with a population of 1.3 million, are paying house visits. They are checking for still water, where the mosquito that carries the virus breeds, and handing out information leaflets. Residents reckon they'll be doomed if they don't cooperate. The UN declared Zika a global health emergency earlier this week. The virus appears strongly linked to microcephaly, a condition in which infants are born with abnormally small heads and developmental problems.

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Peru and Uruguay step up efforts against Zika virus

Friday, February 05, 2016 - 01:10