• Brazil’s Health Minister Marcelo Castro speaks during an interview at the Health Ministry headquarters, in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Castro made his remarks with a poster with an image of an Aedes aegypti mosquito and a text in Portuguese that reads "One Mosquito is not stronger that a country." (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Brazil minister says no doubt Zika connected to microcephaly

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil’s health minister said Friday that authorities were “absolutely sure” that the Zika virus is connected to devastating birth defects and rejected criticism that the government was slow to investigate the surge of cases that set off international alarms.