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Uruguay has “no qualms” at playing at center of Zika outbreak

Atletico PR v Sport Recife  - Brasileirao Series A 2014

CURITIBA, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 16: Overview of the Arena da Baixada before the match between Atletico-PR and Sport Recife for the Brazilian Series A 2014 at Arena da Baixada on November 16, 2014 in Curitiba, Brazil. (Photo by Heuler Andrey/Getty Images)

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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) Uruguay’s team director says “we have no qualms” about playing a World Cup qualifier next month in Recife, Brazil, the city at the center of the outbreak of the Zika virus.

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Uruguay will face Brazil on March 24 in the northeastern city.

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Eduardo Belza, the team’s sports director, says players have been told to “to use mosquito repellents, bring long-sleeve shirts and avoid being out in the early morning or evening” when mosquitoes are more prevalent.

Belza says he’s already been to Recife and chosen a hotel with tightly sealed windows “and a ventilation system that keeps insects out of the building.”

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Brazil’s neighbor Uruguay has yet to register a case of Zika, a spreading virus that has been linked to birth defects.