The Zika scare is not just a medical issue in Brazil, but an economic one. Organizers are worried the scare will keep tourists away from the Rio carnival, crucial for the country's battered economy.
Brazil's military has taken full control of security in Rio de Janeiro and the surrounding state in an effort to fight gang violence. The move comes after the Defense Ministry said security in the city was "broken."
Officials in northern Brazil are demanding federal aid to help manage the influx of people seeking food and shelter. The president promised help while vowing that the country wouldn't turn its back on the Venezuelans.
The mayor of Rio de Janeiro says he will cut public funding for samba schools. These are now threatening to cancel Carnival. There are accusations that this is exactly what the city's evangelical mayor wants.
Brazil's world-famous Carnival has commenced across the country, drawing thousands to the streets. But this year's celebration also comes amid a recession and fears of a crime surge.
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