Photos: Thousands Defy Zika Threat to Celebrate Carnival in Brazil

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The nationwide carnival celebrations known for lavish and skimpily dressed samba parades started this weekend in Brazil.

The street festival is expected to attracts about five million people both from Brazil and around the globe.

This year’s carnival across Brazil starts under the cloud of Zika virus which can cause serious birth defects.

Revellers had been warned to cover up to minimise spread of the virus, which is carried by mosquitos.

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