Olympic Athletes and Zika

Olympic Athletes and Zika first appeared on the Backyard Bug Patrol blog.

It’s the first week of the Olympics 2016 taking place in Rio, Brazil this week. During the build up to the event there has been a lot of speculation concerning health issues relating to the spread of the Zika virus. But just how much of a threat is it really?

Why The Olympics Probably Won’t Spread Zika

The Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games pose little additional risk of causing new outbreaks of the Zika virus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently wrote. The report came on the tails of a letter signed by 2401 international experts, including physicians, academics and bioethicists, asking that the Olympics be postponed or moved, as well as the news that numerous athletes, many of them golfers, have decided to sit these games out because they’re concerned about the mosquito-borne virus.

It’s been down to individual athletes to make their decision on participation due to the Zika circumstances.

As many of the athletes have said, they are being well advised and taking precautionary measures. Many of them are getting creative in actually combating the disease.

“Don’t be too stingy with the mosquito repellent” whether you are in Rio for the Olympics or just at home participating from your front room with your TV set, or want to get a little more active in your back yard. Invest in your own mosquito control, and enjoy the Games with health and safety in mind.


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