Jan 26, 2016

Climate dystopia is here: Zika virus prompts calls for women to stop having babies

El Salvador
Colombia
by
Katie Herzog
,
Grist
A woman walks away from her apartment as health workers fumigate as part of preventive measures against the Zika virus in Soyapango, El Salvador. Photo: Jose Cabezas, Reuters
A woman walks away from her apartment as health workers fumigate as part of preventive measures against the Zika virus in Soyapango, El Salvador. Photo: Jose Cabezas, Reuters

In an unprecedented move, officials in El Salvador are urging women to stop getting pregnant until 2018. This comes in response to the recent outbreak of Zika virus, which has infected more than a million women in Latin America and the Caribbean...

But could this be just the beginning? And could climate change be to making the problem worse? Zika is spread by mosquitoes — mosquitoes whose range increases as the temperature does.