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Brazil and United States work to find Zika vaccine

Minister of Public Health Altagracia Guzman Marcelino was in Uruguay yesterday, Wednesday 3 February 2016 to attend a conference of 13 Latin American public health ministers at the Mercosur headquarters in Montevideo.

At the conference, Brazilian Minister of Health Marcelo Castro announced that next week specialists from the United States will begin a joint cooperation project aimed at developing a vaccine against the Zika virus, which is responsible for an epidemic of “world interest.”

According to a press release, “Brazil is acting to control the virus on several fronts, and the main action for the future will be cooperation between a number of laboratories in order to develop a vaccine.”

Brazil is the worst affected Latin American country.

The joint action followed a phone conversation between Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and US President Barack Obama, said Castro. The minister added that the northeast of Brazil, where 86% of all the country’s cases of the disease have been registered, was also the entry port of the virus. The first case was registered in the state of Bahia in April 2015. Castro said that the symptoms of zika are not as severe as dengue but the link between this virus and the sudden rise in microcephaly cases combined with a lack of knowledge about this virus has made it a major health problem of global magnitude. So far, Brazil has registered some 4,700 suspected microcephaly cases, of which 400 have been confirmed.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

Feb 4, 2016

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