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Brazil deploys 220,000 troops to battle Zika mosquitoes

Brazil deploys 220,000 troops to battle Zika mosquitoes

More than 200,000 army, navy and air force troops fanned out across Brazil on Saturday to teach people how to eliminate the Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads the Zika virus.

The nationwide offensive is part of President Dilma Rousseff's declared war on the virus that has quickly spread across the Americas and that many health officials believe is linked to severe birth defects.

According to Brazil's government, about 220,000 members of the armed forces accompanied by community health agents and mosquito control teams were deployed Saturday to help educate the population on how to eliminate mosquito breeding areas in and around their homes. The teams were expected to...

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