ARBOR, Argentina — Argentina has banned travel to aruba, the largest country in South America, citing a “national emergency.”
Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday that Argentina will no longer be able to export food and medicine from aruba due to the Zika virus.
The country has been one of the main destinations for the Zika outbreak in South and Central America.
The ban comes as the country’s health minister is investigating a possible link between the virus and the deaths of pregnant women.
Officials say that the Argentine Health Ministry has not yet released any definitive evidence, but they have received many reports from the public that the Zika is the cause of the babies’ birth defects.
In a statement, the ministry said that Argentina’s national emergency will be triggered on September 29.
“The health minister will submit a report on the cause and the potential risks of this outbreak to the cabinet in accordance with the legislation, which provides for public consultation,” the statement said.
Aruba, which is one of South America’s most developed nations, has become a hub for international travel.
It was once a haven for Latin American immigrants seeking a better life in the United States, and it is home to more than 60 percent of the world’s people.
On Tuesday, the government announced that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will begin conducting daily screenings in the U