SAN SALVADOR ? When in human history has an epidemic become so alarming that a nation feels compelled to urge its people not to have children for two years?
Grappling with a mosquito-borne virus linked to brain damage in infants, El Salvador is doing just that, advising all women in the country not to get pregnant until 2018 ? the equivalent of a Hail Mary pass that, to many here, only illustrates their government?s desperation.
?It?s not up to the government; it?s up to God,? said Vanessa Iraheta, 30, who is seven months pregnant with her second child. ?I don?t think the youth will stop having children.?