A municipal agent sprays anti Zika mosquitos chimical product at the sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on January 26, 2016. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMON
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Rio's Carnival -- a five day festival of dancing, bared flesh and wild costumes -- go underway in the face of warnings that the Zika virus might make even kissing dangerous.In Sao Paulo, Brazil's most populous city and its economic capital, Carnival celebrations were kicked off under intermittent summer rain, with a tribute to Carlinhos de Jesus, one of Brazil's most famous salon dancers.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.The Carnival peaks Sunday and Monday nights with the competing samba parades at the Sambadrome, famous for their choreography and extraordinary costumes.
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