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Brazil: Revellers celebrate Rio Carnival despite concerns over Zika virus01:49

Brazil: Revellers celebrate Rio Carnival despite concerns over Zika virus

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
February 6, 2016 at 21:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of revellers celebrated the traditional Rio Carnival on the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Saturday, despite ongoing fears over the transmission of the Zika virus which is ravaging the country.

The discovery of the Zika virus in saliva has sparked disagreement among Brazilian scientists about whether pregnant women should be advised to avoid kissing anyone showing possible symptoms. The Fiocruz research institute in Rio de Janeiro said on Friday they had identified live samples of Zika in saliva and urine, which merited further research into whether these two fluids could be a source of contagion.

The World Health Organisation has declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency, prompted by growing concern that it could be linked to an increase in birth defects. The most recent outbreak of the virus originated in the impoverished northeast of Brazil and has spread to more than 20 countries, mostly in the Caribbean and Latin America.

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Thousands of revellers celebrated the traditional Rio Carnival on the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Saturday, despite ongoing fears over the transmission of the Zika virus which is ravaging the country.

The discovery of the Zika virus in saliva has sparked disagreement among Brazilian scientists about whether pregnant women should be advised to avoid kissing anyone showing possible symptoms. The Fiocruz research institute in Rio de Janeiro said on Friday they had identified live samples of Zika in saliva and urine, which merited further research into whether these two fluids could be a source of contagion.

The World Health Organisation has declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency, prompted by growing concern that it could be linked to an increase in birth defects. The most recent outbreak of the virus originated in the impoverished northeast of Brazil and has spread to more than 20 countries, mostly in the Caribbean and Latin America.