Jason Beaubien Jason Beaubien is NPR's Global Health and Development Correspondent on the Science Desk.
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U.N. Report Documents Systemic Rape By Government Troops In South Sudan

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Hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese have fled their homes because of the ongoing civil war. (Above) Kids at a displaced persons camp in Bentiu. Many of the residents came from the part of South Sudan where the shipping container massacre reportedly occurred. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Children stand on top of an earthen dam in the camp in Bentiu. Massive dams, drainage canals and water retention pools were constructed after the camp flooded repeatedly during the rainy season. Residents say the water and mud was so deep in their huts that they had to sleep sitting up in chairs. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Nothing Is Going Right In The World's Newest Nation

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The town of Bentiu, in South Sudan, has been nearly abandoned. On the main road, a boy hides behind a telephone pole. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Living In A Camp By A Ruined City, They're Strangers In Their Own Land

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South Sudan Faces New Obstacles To Implementing Peace Deal

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This Mosquito Likes Us Too Much For Our Own Good

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In 2013, Zika virus was found in French Polynesia, including the island of Tahiti (above). Some 20,000 inhabitants were diagnosed with the disease. Andy Bardon/National Geographic hide caption

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A patient suffering from Guillain-Barre syndrome recovers in a hospital ward in San Salvador on Jan. 27. Researchers are trying to determine whether there is a link between the disorder, which can cause weakness and paralysis, and the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Marvin Recinos /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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CDC Sees Major Challenges Ahead In The Fight Against Zika

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Health workers fumigate to wipe out mosquitoes in Recife, Brazil. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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WHO: Birth Defect Linked To Zika Virus Is 'Public Health Emergency'

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Zika Virus Prompts Emergency Meeting Of The World Health Organization

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World Health Organization Calls Spread Of Zika Virus 'Alarming'

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Dr. Margaret Chan is director-general of the World Health Organization. In her first major address on Zika, delivered Thursday in Geneva, she said: "Questions abound. We need to get some answers quickly." Sandro Campardo//epa/Corbis hide caption

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Zika Virus Will Spread Through The Americas, WHO Says

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A researcher holds a container with female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. This species transmits the Zika virus. Andre Penner/AP hide caption

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The Zika Virus Takes A Frightening Turn — And Raises Many Questions

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Maxine Parrish, 18 months old, is one of the youngest people to enjoy a new bike lane in Denver last month. Two avid bicyclists argue that better bike infrastructure allows slower cycling and a wider age-range of riders. RJ Sangosti/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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