Valentina Vitoria was born in December. She has microcephaly, the birth defect that causes an abnormally small head and can cause brain damage as well. The baby’s mother is 32-year-old Fabiane Lopes. She’s caring for her daughter in a tiny, windowless one-room apartment in Rio de Janeiro. A whirring fan is the only relief they have from the heat

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Zika Virus and Microcephaly

February 11, 2016

In an NEJM Editorial, Eric Rubin, Michael Green and Lindsey Baden comment on data from a case strengthening the biologic association between Zika virus and infants born with microcephaly

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For Carnival in Brazil, lots of women don giant feather headdresses and skimpy bikinis. But for a pre-Carnival event, Elaine Cuoto is dressed as a mosquito — complete with a long proboscis and gossamer wings. She is part of a group of health workers dancing by a metro station in a working-class neighborhood of Rio’s north zone

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Rio de Janeiro is just months away from hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics as Brazil deals with a terrifying epidemic of the Zika virus, which has been linked with shrinking babies’ brains. In 2015, as many as 1.5 million cases were registered in the country—and the disease is spreading fast around the world

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Brazil’s Cancer Curse

September 15, 2015

The startling discovery that hundreds of thousands of Brazilians have a genetic mutation that undermines their ability to resist cancer is helping labs worldwide in their search for new treatments for the disease. Sue Armstrong reports for Mosaic

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Joanna Mackenzie with our Global Food Ethics Project interviews John Wilkinson, PhD to learn more about fair trade, particularly in the context of Brazil and other low/middle income countries

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