S.America holds crisis meeting as Zika ‘nightmare’ spreads

South American health ministers held an emergency meeting on slowing the spread of the Zika virus, dubbed a “nightmare” by hard-hit Brazil, where it is blamed for brain damage in babies. With health authorities warning the disease could infect up to four million people in the Americas, ministers from 14 countries held talks in Uruguay to plot their response to the growing crisis, with fears the virus could spread worldwide. Brazil said it was sending more than 500,000 personnel out to clean up mosquito breeding grounds and advise people about the disease.

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