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Zika Virus Causing Brazilians To Reevaluate Abortion Laws; Latin American Women Weigh Options To Avoid Pregnancy As Access To Contraceptives Limited

New York Times: Surge of Zika Virus Has Brazilians Re-examining Strict Abortion Laws “The surging medical reports of babies being born with unusually small heads during the Zika epidemic in Brazil are igniting a fierce debate over the country’s abortion laws, which make the procedure illegal under most circumstances…” (Romero,…

Zika Virus Outbreak Highlights Women’s Reproductive Health Challenges In Latin America; U.S. Could Use Diplomatic Leverage To Improve Access To Services, Kaiser Family Foundation Brief Suggests

USA TODAY: Zika highlights lack of access to contraception, abortion in Latin America “The Zika outbreak spreading throughout Latin American and the Caribbean is shedding light on what women’s health advocates call an equally important public health crisis: the lack of contraception and basic maternity care in much of the…

Researchers Face Challenges In Zika Vaccine Development, Mosquito Control Efforts

The Guardian: Race is on to develop Zika vaccine but tests on pregnant women raise concern (Milman, 2/3). NPR: Attention Turns To Repelling Mosquitoes That Carry Zika, Dengue (Montagne, 2/2). Reuters: Scientists’ Path to Usable Zika Vaccine Strewn with Hurdles (2/2). Reuters: Zika mosquitoes’ habits may foil U.S. elimination efforts…

CSIS Blog Post Examines WHO, U.S. Government Responses To Zika Virus Outbreak In LAC

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: Zika Virus J. Stephen Morrison, senior vice president and director of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, discusses the similarities and discrepancies among the WHO’s and U.S. government’s responses to the Zika virus and associated birth defects in Latin America and…

Brazil’s President Authorizes Entry Into Private Property To Eliminate Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes; Officials Issue Warning Over Pregnant Women Traveling To Rio Olympics

Agence France-Presse: Brazil issues Olympics warning as WHO declares Zika emergency “… ‘The risk, which I would say is serious, is for pregnant women. It is clearly not advisable for you (to travel to the Games) because you don’t want to take that risk,’ said President Dilma Rousseff’s chief of…