The city of Caguas in the north of Colombia is on the brink of becoming one of the hardest hit cities in Latin America.
The Zika virus has been linked to an increase in cases of microcephaly, a condition that is so rare that only one in 10 babies born in the Americas are affected.
The country’s health minister, Eduardo Mora, has told the Associated Press that the country’s entire food industry is at risk.
This week, it was revealed that the owner of a Colombian bakery that sells food in Caguos’ downtown has been found to have been infected with the virus, as have other businesses, and that they have had to close their doors for two weeks.
The news was met with outrage on social media.
“I’ve been fighting Zika for three months and I’ve never seen a baker go through so much stress and suffering,” wrote one user.
Others suggested that the city should shut down its bakeries altogether.
“This is not a cake-baking business, and I have no doubt that the bakery will suffer.
The government needs to put its foot down,” wrote another.
The city’s mayor, Jose Luis Salinas, told the AP that the health minister’s statements are “not true” and that the bakeries have been open since 2014.
“We know that the people of Cagsas are suffering,” Salinas said.
“The bakeries are the best and the most productive in the country.”
The bakeries, which are known for serving up traditional Colombian dishes, are owned by a family-run business called “Bridal Café.”
“The mayor’s statement is totally wrong,” said the owner, Fernando Morales.
“He’s not telling the truth, he’s telling us lies.
I’ve not even been able to eat bread.” “
All I can say is that I’ve been working on the bread for two years, and it’s not good.
I’ve not even been able to eat bread.”
The bakery owner, who asked that his name not be used, said he is “sad” that his family and his business are suffering.
“It’s not possible that this will happen to other people in our community,” he said.
But others said that the government is making a “bizarre” decision to shut down the bakerys while it waits for the CDC to find out if there are more cases.
“They’re not doing it for a reason,” said Carlos Lopez, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Puerto Rico.
“People are being killed because of the health authorities’ decisions, so why would they do this?”
A local bakery owner said he has no idea what the CDC wants to do.
“If they don’t find any cases, then it will be over.
But they should do something.
We’ll just have to wait for the answers,” he told VICE News.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health said the government would “take appropriate action” if there were new cases.
In a statement released to VICE News, the CDC did not offer any explanation for why the bakerries are closed.
“As a precautionary measure, the city of Puerto Vallarta has shut down all bakery establishments in the city.
It is also investigating reports of a possible case of Zika virus in a baker at the local bakery, which has been closed since March 21,” the statement said.
In the meantime, the bakery owners are staying put and their business is being monitored by the city’s public health department.