President Dilma Rousseff has called on the whole of Brazilian society to help combat the spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects. Ms Rousseff said national mobilisation was needed to eliminate the mosquitoes that spread the virus, and urged community groups and unions to help. Zika is thought to cause a form of infant brain damage, microcephaly. Three to four million people could be infected with Zika in the Americas this year, experts have warned. Ms Rousseff rejected comments made by her health minister earlier this week, who said Brazil was badly losing the fight against the virus. But Brazil is the country worst affected by the Zika outbreak, with 270 cases of microcephaly confirmed by the health ministry and 3,448 being investigated. Concerns have arisen about Brazil's ability to safely host this year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Thomas Bach, the head of the International Olympic Committee, has said steps are being taken to protect the event. Read more >>
The cartoon by Chappatte from NZZ am Sonntag, Zurich, shows a couple suffering from the effects of the Zika virus, whose symptoms include a mild fever, conjunctivitis (red, sore eyes), and headache. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff comments, "That's not how I imagined Olympics fever."
The cartoonist plays on two meanings of the word 'fever'. There's 'fever' in the medical sense, i.e., an abnormally high body temperature, but 'fever' can also be used figuratively to describe a feeling of strong excitement and enthusiasm that affects a lot of people. • The whole country was in the grip of election fever.
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