September 23, 2016 Issue

In Focus

Zika Looms

Port-au-Prince, Haiti—Government health workers fumigate the streets of Haiti’s capital on September 7 in an effort to stop the spread of mosquitoes that carry Zika and other diseases. Budget constraints and a strike by health workers have hindered prevention efforts in the country, and the World Health Organization warned that experts were expecting an epidemic on the island, where the health system is still recovering from the 2010 earthquake. Haiti has reported 3,000 suspected cases of Zika, or about 30 per 100,000 people, compared with 82 per 100,000 in Brazil, but the WHO said it believes the government has been underreporting.
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