Pregnant women in scarcity-hit Venezuela battle to dodge Zika

Melo walks during a fumigation campaign in CaracasBy Alexandra Ulmer CARACAS (Reuters) – Carolina, who lives on the vertiginous hills of a Caracas slum, says she fell pregnant with her third child last year because birth control pills went scarce. When the mosquito-borne virus Zika – linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil – started to spread through the Americas the homemaker, now seven months pregnant, set out to protect herself. Zika is the latest worry for pregnant Venezuelans, who already search high and low for scarce folic acids, medical equipment and medicines, and even diapers to have in stock for when they give birth.

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