February 21, 2016 2:11 pm

Thieves rob Brazil home pretending to be Zika health workers

An army soldier walks in in front of a mural of the Brazilian flag during an operation to eradicate Aedes aegypti mosquito breeding sites, in the Brazlandia neighborhood of Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016.

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RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilian authorities in the southern city of Joinville are warning residents to guard against fraudsters after three thieves posing as health workers working to wipe out the Zika virus entered a home and ran off with cash and electronics.

Security camera footage obtained by the G1 news site shows two men wearing Brazilian army uniforms and a third wearing the white jacket of a health inspector. The report says they got into the home on Friday by stating they belonged to the city’s health inspection team.

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There have been 220,000 soldiers mobilized nationwide to join 300,000 health workers in house-to-house searches to eliminate possible breeding sites for the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the Zika virus.

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