Brazil’s government says it will deploy 220,000 soldiers in its fight against mosquitoes spreading the Zika virus.
The soldiers will go from home to home handing out leaflets on how to avoid the spread of Zika, which has been linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains.
The announcement came after Health Minister Marcelo Castro said Brazil was “losing badly” in its fight against the virus.
No treatment or vaccine is available.
‘Number One enemy’
Mr Castro said the troops would be sent out on 13 February to hand out leaflets and give advice on how to eradicate mosquito breeding grounds.