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President Dilma Rousseff says Brazil will wage "war" on the mosquito that can transmit the Zika virus, which researchers in Brazil have linked to a rare birth defect. In a Twitter message, Rousseff said that "we must declare war on the Aedes aegypti mosquito" and pursue an operation aimed at breeding grounds for the insect until a vaccine is developed. Comment?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it is working to defer blood donations from travelers who have visited one of the regions where the Zika virus is prevalent. Earlier, Dr. Anne Schuchat of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the virus is in an infected person's bloodstream only very briefly and that most have it cleared in about a week. Comment?
Venezuela authorities have broken their silence on the outbreak of Zika in the South American country, and they're pledging to mount a public health campaign to slow the virus' spread. Venezuelan Minister of Health Luisana Melo appeared on state television on Thursday and said Venezuelan authorities have recorded 4,700 suspected cases of Zika here. Comment?
Brazil will temporarily import electric power from Uruguay to meet increased demand in several regions of the country at the start of the Southern Hemisphere summer, the government said Tuesday. The announcement came in the form of an executive order published in the official gazette by the Mines and Energy Ministry, which cited "the need to import electric power" from Uruguay on an "exceptional and temporary" basis. Comment?
Top-seed Rafael Nadal moved into the quarter-finals of the Hamburg Open with a 6-4, 7-6 win over Jiri Vesely. Nadal appeared in trouble during Thursday's match when he dropped his serve for 4-4 in the second set. Comment?
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