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‘La Cumbia Del Mosquito De Zika’ Is Actually Kinda Catchy

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There’s a new Zika virus-inspired cumbia. Have you heard it? The music video features a guy snatching a mosquito out of the air…

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And dancing…

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Lots of dancing.

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Before you fly into a burning rage about someone making fun of a virus that leaves babies deformed, take a deep breath. Unlike the swine flu cumbia that was released in Mexico a few years ago…

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It’s actually a PSA. Created by Bolivia’s ministry of health, the music video gives people tips on how to make life more difficult for mosquitos, the main carrier of the Zika virus.

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You can debate whether you believe it’s in good taste, but the intention is not to make light of the situation.

It’s all broken down in these *danceable* steps:

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“Limpa, voltea, tapa and elimina.” Cleaning consistently, turning damp buckets upside down (or closing them) helps reduce spaces that mosquitos thrive in.

Watch the full video:

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Umm… Human Body Parts Washed Up At Brazil’s Olympic Beach Volleyball Site

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Umm… Human Body Parts Washed Up At Brazil’s Olympic Beach Volleyball Site

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The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are set to start August 5, and with all eyes falling on Brazil, there seem to be more and more problems bubbling to the surface. Perhaps it’s the increased international coverage on the city of more than 6 million people, or maybe things are just getting bad enough for the world to notice. Either way, the country is going through a very tumultuous time, and as they ready for the games, the world hopes that things will go OK as tourists, athletes and media converge in Rio.

Just a few days ago, human body parts washed up on the shore of Copacabana Beach.

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The human remains, which have yet to be identified, washed up on the same shore that will be holding the Beach Volleyball competition. The mangled body parts have so far been identified as belonging to a young adult, possibly a woman.

Yeah. Some random human remains are just washing up near future Olympic venues.

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But that isn’t the only thing that has happened on Copacabana Beach before the Olympic Games.

Last month, the organization Rio da Paz staged a protest against Brazil’s growing and violent rape culture on the same beach.

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Protesters scattered 420 pairs of women’s underwear along the iconic Copacabana Beach and installed photos of women with red hands over their mouths. The protest was bringing attention to the silence associated with rape culture in Brazil. Every year, there are average 50,000 sexual assault incidents against women in Brazil that go vastly unreported.

The water in Rio de Janeiro is still questionable.

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There have been conflicting reports on the viability of water sports taking place in the waters around Rio, but who wants to risk it? Clearly not the U.S. team, which has created special suits for the athletes competing in sailing, rowing and canoeing. The unisuits have been treated with an antimicrobial that will limit the exposure to bacteria in the water. The suits are really all that stand between the U.S. teams and some pretty gnarly illnesses.

Some police officers and firefighters say they don’t have resources to do their jobs.

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Recently, the above photo, which was taken at Rio de Janeiro–Galeão International Airport, went viral. The sign is being held up by police officers and firefighters who are protesting the working conditions and pay rate of emergency service professionals. Some police stations don’t even have toilet paper or fuel for their cars, not to mention stations without running water.

And it isn’t just the police and firefighters. Locals are warning tourists about the lack of medical care available.

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Someone left this warning on a highway ramp, which reads, “Welcome, we don’t have hospitals!” They actually do have hospitals, but not all of them are safe. Recently, armed men stormed Souza Aguiar Hospital, one of the five Rio hospitals designated to treat tourists at the Olympics, to free a drug lord.

The Zika virus is still around, and there’s fear of a global crisis.

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Dr. Amir Attaran, faculty of medicine and faculty of law at the University of Ottawa, wrote a report calling for the Olympics to either be cancelled or postponed over fear that the disease could become a global crisis. The argument he laid out is that Rio de Janeiro, once thought to be minimally impacted by Zika, is actually one of the hardest hit states in Brazil. With an estimated 500,000 people descending onto the city from all over the world, Attaran believes the chances of a global outbreak increase significantly.

“Putting sentimentality aside, clearly the Rio 2016 Games must not proceed.” Dr. Attaran wrote.

Even some of Brazil’s top and most admired athletes are telling people to stay home.

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Like Brazilian soccer legend Rivaldo Ferreira, who posted to social media to warn of the violence against women and children that is gripping Rio de Janeiro. In the post above, Rivaldo shares the story of a 17-year-old girl that was murdered in Rio de Janeiro by a group of men. Again, the violence against women in Brazil is seldom talked about.

And, not to mention, even the Olympic flame has seen the contempt of Brazilians. Like this man.

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That’s right. If they aren’t killing a chained jaguar for trying to attack a soldier during a torch lighting ceremony, someone is trying to douse the flame with water. Seriously.


READ: Video Of Teen’s Gang Rape Uploaded To Social Media Sparks Outrage In Brazil

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New York Just Sent The Most Awkward Gift To Puerto Rico, But It’s Actually A Good Thing

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New York Just Sent The Most Awkward Gift To Puerto Rico, But It’s Actually A Good Thing

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Puerto Rico was not saved by Congress from defaulting on its $422 million debt payment, but New York City wants to save the country from the spread of the Zika virus.

The help will come from a donation of one million condoms to help stop the spread of Zika, a disease carried by mosquitoes and spread through sexual intercourse.

“As the Zika virus epidemic spreads and we continue to learn more about the risk of sexual transmission and birth defects, we wanted to use our resources to help our longstanding partners in Puerto Rico,” said Mary Bassett, Health Commissioner, in a letter to her Puerto Rican counterpart, Ana Ríus Armendáriz, this according to the New York Daily News.

The help doesn’t come out as a surprise, NYC is the city with the largest population of Puerto Ricans outside of the island, and it also comes following the first death from the Zika virus in Puerto Rico.

So far, the island has seen 600 cases of Zika, including 73 involving pregnant women. The virus can cause serious birth defects, including babies being born with small heads. However, 14 of the pregnant women infected with Zika have given birth to normal babies.

“For too long American citizens in Puerto Rico have received second-class treatment,” said Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker of the New York City Council. “The Zika virus poses a serious threat across the globe and the high infection rates in Puerto Rico are a somber reminder that Congress must grant Puerto Rico as much health care funding as it provides to all other U.S. Citizens.”

At this point, no one can rely on Congress doing the right thing, but we’re glad NYC is picking up the slack.

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READ: Congress Will Likely Miss Another Deadline And The Victim Is Puerto Rico

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