Women at threat of Zika virus told not to get pregnant, but also denied family planning

As the World Health Organisation warns that the Zika virus could spread across the whole of the Americas, women in some parts of the continent are being warned not to get pregnant.

Public health officials in El Salvador have warned people not to have children until 2018 in a bid to reduce the effects of the disease which causes birth defects.

Map: The i newspaper/WHO

Similar calls have been made by the governments of Colombia, Ecuador and Jamaica and to anyone planning on travelling to the to the Olympics in Rio later this year.

We'd like to suggest to all the women of fertile age that they take steps to plan their pregnancies, and avoid getting pregnant between this year and next.

  • El Salvador's deputy health minister, Eduardo Espinoza
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