Brazil Will Deploy Troops to Spread Awareness of Zika Virus

Simon Romero – The New York Times, 01/26/2016

Brazil’s government has decided to deploy 220,000 troops for a day next month to spread awareness about the Zika virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects in thousands of infants.

The move came as Brazil’s top health official acknowledged that the country was “badly losing the battle” against mosquito-borne diseases like Zika.

Marcelo Castro, the country’s health minister, disclosed the troop mobilization in an interview with the newspaper O Globo, and said he expected it to occur on Feb. 13. A spokeswoman for the Health Ministry later clarified that the troop deployment was expected to last only a day, largely involving personnel from different branches of the armed forces going door-to-door handing out pamphlets.

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