Zika may be bad news for the Rio Olympics

By February 11, 2016Infections

The Zika virus plaguing Brazil is now starting to create concerns around the 2016 Olympics.

It may sound unreal, but it’s not. This epidemic is a big deal for the athletes who have to compete at the Rio Olympics in August. It’s such a big concern that Hope Solo, a world famous U.S. soccer player, said she’d avoid the Olympics if she could. The Head of the Olympics committee of Kenya also shared his concerns on the matter and will be monitoring the events of the Zika virus in the months to come.

Over the past few weeks, the Zika virus has made the headlines as a potential threat. Normally, the virus only gives you mild symptoms, such as fevers and headaches, but it’s thought to be more dangerous for pregnant women. The virus, which is transmitted through a mosquito bite, damages the unborn baby of a pregnant woman causing the child to be born with a small head.

The good news is, when the Olympics does start, it will be during Brazil’s winter season – a time when the mozzies aren’t flying around all the time. The Olympic organisers and Brazilian officials are also hard at work to ensure that this epidemic won’t be a problem.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/feb/09/kenya-rio-2016-olympics-zika-virus
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/usoc-denies-it-advised-athletes-skip-2016-olympics-n514071
http://ewn.co.za/2016/02/10/Zika-virus-leaves-Kenya-undecided-about-attending-Rio-Olympics
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2016/02/09/report-hope-solo-says-right-now-she-wouldnt-go-rio-zika/80060428/

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