Olympics Zika Threat

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With the Summer Olympics less than 100 days away, officials in Brazil are worried about the Zika virus and the possible threat it may pose to tourists and athletes. Thousands of people are expected to travel to Rio, Brazil, in order to spectate the 31st Summer Olympic Games.

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The 31st Summer Olympic Games are set to be held in Rio, Brazil.
Just recently, the South Korean Olympic football team unveiled their new Zika-proof uniforms, which have been indused with insect repellent in order to lure away possibly infected mosquitoes.

Brazilian football legend, Rivaldo Ferreria, even went as far as to warn people to stay away from the Rio Olympics because of the worsening situation.

“Things are getting uglier here every day…I advise everyone with plans to visit Brazil for the Olympics in Rio—to stay home. You’ll be putting your life at risk here,” said Rivaldo in a social media post made last week.

Ottowa Professor Amir Attaran recently wrote in a medical article that the Rio Olympic Games should be either moved or postponed, citing recent findings that the virus is much more dangerous than previously thought. Despite the professor’s warnings, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has stated that there are no plans to postpone or move the Olympics to a different venue. However. The IOC plans to monitor the situation very closely.

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Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus are species of mosquitoes which can spread the Zika virus.

 

New findings indicate that the Zika virus increases the chances of contracting Guillain-Barré syndrome, a peripheral nervous system disorder that causes a rapid onset of muscle weakness.

Thus far, the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that a vaccine for Zika will be ready within a year and a half. They have also stated that the Olympics will be a success and that they do not expect Zika to be a problem.

 

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