Over 1.5 million Brazilians have contracted the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease. While it typically only causes mild or undetectable symptoms in adults, it can cause severe brain malformations in the fetuses of pregnant women. Unfortunately, the Zika virus cannot be prevented and as of August 2016, it cannot be treated by medications or vaccines.
The Zika virus has been in the news lately because the Summer Olympics that is currently happening in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Read on to learn if the Zika virus will effective the Olympics!
Federal Officials Say Some Concerns Unfounded
Approximately one-half million people will travel to Rio de Janeiro for the games, and this number amounts to less than one percent of all worldwide travel to areas where the Zika virus has been reported. To ease concerns, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says the Rio Olympics are unlikely to spread around the world. The CDC also points out that it is winter in the southern hemisphere, and this brings cooler temperatures and lower humidity. Both factors reduce mosquito populations.
However, there will be two primary Zika-related concerns at the Olympics. First, that pregnant women attending the games will contract the disease, increasing the risk of microcephaly in newborns. Second, that some tourists will contract the disease and spread it when they return home.
The presence of the Zika virus in Brazil has had a chilling effect on competitors, tourists media and all others associated with the Olympics. Still, only a small percentage of prospective Olympians have chosen not to compete. However, four of the top-tanked golfers in the world announced that they will not travel to Rio de Janeiro. They are Jason Day of Australia, Rory McElroy of Northern Ireland, as well as Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth, both from the United States.
Coping With Fear and Anxiety
Zika’s greatest impact on the 2016 Olympics may be the increased fear and anxiety it generates. While many may be concerned, the Olympics have long promoted global unity through sports competition. Overall, the CDC does not feel that it will be a major threat to the games. However, women who are pregnant may want to take extra caution before deciding to attend the games.
Undoubtedly, the mosquito-borne Zika virus will be a prominent story-line throughout the Rio games. But hopefully, the games will be a great success of unity in the world of sports in 2016.
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