- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - A Brazilian health workers union has called off a strike because it could affect the country’s battle against the fast-spreading Zika virus.

The union’s members include workers who go door-to-door in Rio de Janeiro trying to eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits Zika.

Union leader Sandro Cezar said Thursday that the organization decided to cancel the planned stoppage because it doesn’t want to affect the Brazilian people.

The union had threatened to strike if the national health ministry failed to meet demands for better work conditions by Thursday.

The World Health Organization has declared a global emergency over the explosive spread of the Zika virus, which is strongly suspected of causing birth defects in Brazil.

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