In Brazil, the tiger mosquito is public enemy number one. It transmits several dangerous diseases, including the Zika virus. Brazil has responded with a public awareness campaign and a national day of action to stop the mosquitos' spread.
Rights group Human Rights Watch says Brazil needs to tackle the root causes of the Zika outbreak to avoid a recurrence. It says far too many people still live in conditions that favor the spead of the virus.
A significant fall in the number of new cases of Zika in the first four months of 2017 has led Brazil to declare an end to the health emergency. There are still concerns of what may happen in the US.
Myanmar has detected its first case of the Zika infection. A pregnant foreign woman has been diagnosed with the mosquito-borne virus.
Bill Gates is one backer of a project that deliberately infects mosquito populations with virus-fighting bacteria. The modified insects will then, hopefully, take over local populations.
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