Rio ready to revel as Carnival opens despite Zika fears

Rio ready to revel as Carnival opens despite Zika fears
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Rio is ready to spread the sparkle as King Momo declares Carnival open. O começo – o maior #carnaval do mundo! King Momo thrilled to receive the keys

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Rio is ready to spread the sparkle as King Momo declares Carnival open.

O começo – o maior #carnaval do mundo! King Momo thrilled to receive the keys of #Rio from it's mayor on 13th of Feb pic.twitter.com/SN3CSPDJqS

— Curigo Restaurant (@CurigoLondon) February 14, 2015

As revelers prepare to flash the flesh in skimpy spandex authorities are fumigating the Sambodrome in an attempt to exterminate the party pooping mosquito that delivers both dengue and now the Zika virus.

Virus Zika: les services sanitaires de Rio aspèrgent le Sambodrome d'insecticide anti-moustique avant le carnaval. pic.twitter.com/J5lrh0VsAf

— AFP Brazil (AFPBrazil) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFPBrazil/status/692031232553717760">January 26, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">RT <a href="https://twitter.com/AFPceleb">AFPceleb: #CarnavalDeRio – 1st day of carnival parade at the Sambodrome in Rio. Photo Vanderlei Almeida #AFPpic.twitter.com/4PwSGPiSdG— Nathaniel Kevin (@natekev) February 16, 2015

Carnaval at Sambodrome in #Rio with dance and football #AFP photo tofsimon</a> <a href="http://t.co/FCW86U8PgG">pic.twitter.com/FCW86U8PgG</a></p>&mdash; Francis Kohn (Rimlaire) March 4, 2014

However, the hedonism has been halted in Capivari, Sao Paulo state, the local administration has decided to invest the $25,000 it sets aside for Carnival into efforts to wipe out the Aedes mosquito.

Aedes aegypti, un mosquito mortal https://t.co/fhvDV61PKjpic.twitter.com/RXhbcdd8jz

— Faunatura (@faunatura) January 27, 2016

Rodrigo Provence is the mayor of the city: “The traditional Carnival of Capivari will be set aside this year so we can invest funds into public health, mainly the fight against dengue fever. We are intensifying our actions in the battle against the mosquito, not just because of dengue, but we are also worried about chikungunya and the Zika virus.”

Still, the desire to dance burns brightly perhaps the only effective antidote to poverty, corruption, violence, drugs and now Zika.

Our Brazil team is standing right now against #LGBTI poverty at Rio's #pride parade in #Copacabana! pic.twitter.com/jvwopzUYZU

— Micro Rainbow (@MicroRainbow) November 15, 2015

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