• Mercosur Health Ministers and part of  their delegations pose for an official photo after attending the summit to address the spread of Zika virus in the region, at the Mercosur building in Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. The ministers of 13 countries are meeting to coordinate efforts to fight the spread of the mosquito born virus. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

    Uruguay has ‘no qualms” playing at center of Zika outbreak

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay will go ahead with a World Cup qualifier scheduled next month in Recife, the Brazilian city at the center of an outbreak of the Zika virus.

  • In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. The mosquito behind the Zika virus seems to operate like a heat-driven missile of disease. Scientists say the hotter it gets, the better the mosquito that carries Zika virus is at transmitting a variety of dangerous illnesses. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

    Health officials want more Zika samples, data from Brazil

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil is not sharing enough samples and disease data to let researchers determine whether the Zika virus is, as feared, linked to the increased number of babies born with abnormally small heads in the South American country, U.N. and U.S. health officials say.

  • In this Jan. 30, 2016 photo, Elielson tries to calm down his baby brother Jose Wesley, in Bonito, Pernambuco state, Brazil. Jose Wesley was born with microcephaly and he screams uncontrollably for long stretches, getting red in the face and tightening his already stiff limbs. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    AP photographer reflects on ‘bucket baby’ in Brazil

    RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — The first time I met Solange Ferreira was in December. She was at a hospital, waiting to hear from a doctor whether her baby boy had what so many in her village were talking about — microcephaly, or an abnormally small head that is a sign of severe disabilities and a truncated life-expectancy.

  • Brazil's Health Minister Marcelo Castro speaks to the press before attending the Mercosur Health Ministers summit to address the spread of Zika virus in the region, at the Mercosur building in Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. The ministers of 13 countries are meeting to coordinate actions to try and fight the spread of the mosquito born virus. Castro said that efforts are being made to create a vaccine against it. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

    APNewsbreak: Few Zika samples being shared by Brazil

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — U.N. and U.S. health officials tell The Associated Press that Brazil has yet to share enough samples and disease data needed to answer the most worrying question about the Zika outbreak: whether the virus is actually responsible for the increase in the number of babies born with abnormally small heads in Brazil.

  • Brazil’s Bellucci reaches quarterfinals in Ecuador

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Third-seeded Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil defeated Albert Montanes of Spain 6-2, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals of the Ecuador Open on Wednesday.

  • A Sucre municipality worker fumigates for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus in the Petare neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. Venezuela is reporting a jump in cases of a rare, sometimes paralyzing syndrome that may be linked to the Zika virus. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

    The Latest: Female airline crew can request no Brazil flight

    PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the battle against the Zika virus (all times local):

  • Mario Andrada, spokesperson for the Rio Olympic Organizing Committee, speaks next to a screen that reads in Portuguese : "Message about Zika" during a media briefing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Reporters came to hear about ticket sales, venue construction and a reminder that Friday marks six months until the games open. Instead, they got the organizers' medical director Dr. Joao Grangeiro and government health officials assuring the games will be safe; that only pregnant women are in danger from a virus with its epicenter in Brazil. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    Zika virus overshadows buildup to Rio de Janeiro Olympics

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Zika virus is overshadowing the final preparations for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, even eclipsing concerns over deep budget cuts and severe water pollution.

  • FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez, right, reacts after scoring with his teammate Lionel Messi against Atletico Madrid during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    Coach says Lionel Messi will skip Rio de Janeiro Olympics

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Lionel Messi will skip the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in six months because his coach Gerardo Martino says he needs some rest.

  • Boys stand on a piece of wood above sewage running below as they play outside their home in Bonito, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. Zika is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is well-adapted to humans, thrives in people's homes and can breed in even a bottle cap's-worth of stagnant water — not to mention the pools of rain water that lurk in just about every nook and cranny during the muggy summer rain season. While anyone can be bitten by Aedes, public health experts agree that the poor are more vulnerable because they often lack amenities that help diminish the risk, such as air conditioning and window screens. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

    Brazil officials can access all buildings to fight mosquito

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s president has signed a measure allowing health officials access to any building to eradicate breeding grounds for a mosquito spreading the Zika virus.

  • Musicians play samba at a street carnival parade during which health workers distributed kits with information about the Zika virus, on Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. The sign reads in Portuguese : "Get out Zika."  Originally from Africa, Zika spread to Asia and was first registered in Brazil in the middle of last year, spreading like wildfire through the northeast thanks in part to the region's widespread poverty, equatorial heat and chronic infestations of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which also spreads dengue fever and chikungunya. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    WHO declares global emergency over Zika virus spread

    GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the explosive spread of the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in the Americas, calling it an “extraordinary event” that poses a public health threat to other parts of the world.