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Quake-hit Ecuador announces drastic economic measures

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Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa looks on as he attends a press conference in Quito, Ecuador, April 20, 2016. Fredy Constante/EPA

The quake comes as a big economic blow to oil-producing Ecuador, which has already taken a huge hit from the drop in global crude prices

PEDERNALES, Ecuador (Apr. 21, 2016) — Ecuador announced drastic economic measures late Wednesday, April 20, including a hike in some taxes and mandatory wage contributions, to deal with the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that killed more than 500 people and injured over 5,000.

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Growing evidence linking Zika to microcephaly

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ZIKA VIRUS. A picture made available on February 12, 2016 of Patricia Vieira de Araujo (L) holding her one-month-old granddaughter Manuelly Araujo da Cruz, who was born with microcephaly after being exposed to the Zika virus during her mother’s pregnancy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 11, 2016. Photo by Antonio Lacerda/EPA
‘We are still dealing with a very much evolving situation,’ says Bruce Aylward, WHO chief on outbreaks and health emergencies

GENEVA, Switzerland (Feb. 20, 2016) — The World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday, February 19, it could still take months to determine for certain that the Zika virus causes the serious birth defect microcephaly, but said evidence was growing.

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Colombia reports over 2,000 Zika cases in pregnant women

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MICROCEPHALY AND THE ZIKA VIRUS. Maria Camila Davila (L) and Angelica Prato (2nd-L), infected by the Zika virus, wait to be attended at the Erasmo Meoz University Hospital in Cucuta, Colombia, on January 25, 2016. Photo by Schneyder Mendoza/AFP
The latest numbers make Colombia the second most affected country in the region, after Brazil

BOGOTA, Colombia (Jan. 31, 2016) — Colombia announced on Saturday, January 30, that more than 2,000 pregnant women in the South American country have been infected with the Zika virus, which is suspected of causing brain damage in newborns.

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