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Brazil will hold Olympic Games despite Zika, says president Rousseff

Tuesday, February 16th 2016 - 07:43 UTC
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”Zika will not compromise the organization of the Games. Certain cities, like Rio de Janeiro, will be given priority (in the fight against the disease)” ”Zika will not compromise the organization of the Games. Certain cities, like Rio de Janeiro, will be given priority (in the fight against the disease)”
Rousseff returned to a regular point, telling the population to do more to fight the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus. Rousseff returned to a regular point, telling the population to do more to fight the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said that the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro would take place despite the Zika virus, at a time when various athletes have expressed their fears about competing.

 “We are aware of one thing. There will be Olympic Games and we are focused on that goal,” said Rousseff during a speech in Rio de Janeiro, which is waging a broad campaign against the mosquito transmitted virus.

”Zika will not compromise the organization of the Games. Certain cities, like Rio de Janeiro, will be given priority (in the fight against the disease),“ she added.

Rousseff returned to a regular point, telling the population to do more to fight the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus.

”We are working with the University of Texas and the U.S. government to guarantee that research results in a vaccine as quickly as possible,“ she also commented.

Rousseff, who was accompanied by Rio mayor Eduardo Paes and local health authorities, visited houses in the suburb of Santa Cruz and urged the population to take active precaution measures to fight the mosquito and larvae.

”This is not easy and will take a long time. It is not possible to wait for the vaccine. We must fight the mosquito as it carries the virus. It is the vector. This is why we must stop the mosquito from breeding and being born,” she said.

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  • ChrisR

    Pity DumbAss Dilma hadn't realised that Dengue is also a killer in certain cases and destroyed the breeding grounds of this mosquito before Zika could gain the ground that it has.

    I bet she poo-pood the idea of larvaecide up to now.

    It is abundantly clear that The Chief Crook of the Brazil Nuts Party KNEW exactly what he was doing when he ensured this idiot became president. Puppet, anyone?

    But heh! Why waste money on the peasants when they have had bribes to pay.

    Feb 16th, 2016 - 10:58 am 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Zika Rouseff, as usual , opens her mouth and puts her foot in it ....

    “”......It is the vector. This is why we must stop the mosquito from breeding and being born,” she said.”

    Now, if the bloody mosquito is breeding, it is obvious that mosquitoes are 'being born'.......but to Zika Rouseff, breeding and being born must be two totally different things...

    Feb 16th, 2016 - 02:20 pm 0
  • St.John

    “destroyed the breeding grounds of this mosquito”

    Well, no.

    Both Dengue and Zika are spread by several mosquitos of the Aedes genus.

    It needs only a very small amount of water to breed, and all the water tanks on top of houses are ideal for the purpose.

    Given god conditions, heat and water as in Brasil, the egg hatches in less than 24 hours. Then follow 3-4 days as larva and after 2 days as pupa, the female mosquito is ready to bite.

    They are almost impossible to exterminate. I remember how, during the Dengue epidemics in 2007, the entire Paraguayan army + numerous volunteers dripped paraffin (US: kerosene) into every little tin (can), bottle cap and folded leaf they could find.

    They stopped the Dengue epidemics from becoming a pandemics, but of course the Aedes mosquitos survived in large numbers.

    Feb 16th, 2016 - 10:43 pm 0
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