We begin with the latest map, issued Friday by the Pan American Health Organization showing the countries of Latin America where Zika virus has been contracted locally:
Next, from euronews, a report on the latest news from the nation at the epicenter of the crisis:
Brazil in crisis as Zika fears mount
In exactly six months, the summer Olympic Games will open in Rio de Janeiro. Even though some 500 millions de dollars have been axed to balance the budget, the installations are between 80 and 90 percent complete.
But there are other dangers, beyond financial, are threatening the first South American city to host the event.
Since May last year the Zika epidemic has spread from Brazil’s north-east bringing fear in almost equal measure because of the number of microcephaly cases.
From RT, more news from Brazil:
Olympic organizers deny Games under threat due to Zika virus
Brazil’s Sports Minister George Hilton issued a statement on Thursday in which he criticized the press for suggesting South America’s first-ever Olympics may be called off.
UPDATE: And there’s reason for that anxiety, as the Independent reports:
Zika: Pregnant British holidaymakers with bookings to Caribbean and US face uncertainty amid risk of virus spreadingAirlines and holiday companies allowing pregnant women to switch destinations, but only if they are booked to one of the affected countries
From the San Francisco Chronicle, would-be U.S. travelers are having second thoughts:
Zika fears spur rash of calls to clinics about travel safety
Medical experts in the Bay Area say they’ve been fielding calls from residents inquiring about the safety of traveling to countries primarily in South and Central America and the Caribbean, where Zika is widespread.
VOA News covers the latest warning from the Centers for Disease Control:
New Warning From CDC on Zika Virus Transmission
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new warning for men about transmitting the Zika virus, which is spreading rapidly in Latin America and the Caribbean, creating a crisis for pregnant women. VOA’s Carol Pearson reports very little is actually known about the virus.
More from Agence France Presse:
US urges condoms or abstinence to avoid Zika virus
US health authorities on Friday urged people to use condoms or refrain from sex if they live in or have travelled to areas where the Zika virus is circulating
From Reuters, troubling news from another country:
More than 3,100 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika virus: government
More than 3,100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Saturday, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas.
UPDATE: The latest from Colombia via teleSUR English:
First Abortion in Colombia Possibly as Result of Zika
A woman struggled to find a doctor willing to provide an abortion after it was discovered her fetus suffered from microcephaly
Channel NewsAsia covers Aussie angst:
Australia to step up Zika testing as two new cases reported
Australia will intensify testing for the Zika virus in Queensland state where Aedes mosquitoes are found, authorities said on Saturday, adding that two new cases among local residents were the result of travel to affected countries.
Kiwi worries from the New Zealand Herald:
Kiwi teen may have Zika virus after holiday
Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that is suspected of causing serious birth defects in unborn babies. The World Health Organisation has declared the latest outbreak a public health emergency and there have been 10 confirmed cases – all contracted overseas – in New Zealand this year.
And here in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control maps states where Zika cases have been reported:Next, Zika concerns in Arkansas, via KATV ABC 7 in Little Rock:
CDC testing two new possible Zika cases from Arkansas
- The Arkansas Department of Health reports it has sent two additional samples to the Centers for Disease Control to test for the Zika virus.
- One case of the Zika virus has already been confirmed in Arkansas.
- In Florida, a fifth county has been added the state of emergency list after 12 confirmed cases.
On to Illinois with ABC7 Chicago:
Zika virus cases expected to rise in IL after spring break
Three cases of the Zika virus have been reported in Illinois, and doctors expect more as people travel to the Caribbean on spring break.
WPDH radio in Poughkeepsie, NY, covers cases in the Empire State:
Breaking: Another Zika Virus Case Discovered in Hudson Valley
The Zika Virus was reported in another Hudson Valley individual today. This brings the total number of New Yorkers with the virus up to 11, with two of them right here in our area.
Finally, from CCTV English, another development:
Indian firm developing two possible Zika vaccines