Girls chat as they sit next to a coffin containing an Aedes aegypti mosquito puppet before the start of the "Burial of the Mosquito" carnival block parade in Olinda, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Rio's Carnival – a five day festival of dancing, bared flesh and wild costumes – opened Friday in the face of warnings that the Zika virus might make even kissing dangerous.The growing alarm over Zika – and uncertainty over how the virus can be transmitted – comes at the worst time for Rio, where some one million tourists are expected to join millions of locals at parties and parades.In August, Rio will become South America's first city to host the Summer Olympics and there are mounting fears that the mega-event will be disrupted.Ahead of Rio's Carnival, city authorities announced a program of fumigation and eradication of potential mosquito breeding sites that will intensify in the run-up to the Olympics.The Carnival peaks on Sunday and Monday nights with the competing samba parades at the Sambadrome, famous for their choreography and extraordinary costumes.
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