Are Tourists and Athletes Safe from Zika During Rio Olympics?

Current Scenario

2016 Olympics will be held in the Rio De Janerio although athletes, officials, and visitors are more concerned about the zika virus. But the government health agencies have claimed that the risk of infection is negligible. The government is daily monitoring the Zika virus scenario so that none of the players and tourists won’t get affected.

World Health Organization has shown green flag to 2016 Rio Olympics and has mentioned that outsider of Brazil won’t get affected by the Zika Virus. But officials have also suggested that if visitors don’t take proper protection then, they might get affected by various flu and food poisoning. Olympic health official has also suggested that due to dry and cold weather combination in Rio has caused a major reduction of mosquito-borne disease such as Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya, etc.

What is the Zika?

Zika is a mosquito-borne illness, and it has originated from Zika Forest of Uganda. This disease causes mild symptoms lasting for 2 – 7 days, and vaccines can’t cure its illness. Zika mostly affects pregnant woman where fetus get damaged causing brain malformation and various other defects. Apart from a mosquito bite, it can also spread through sexual transmission. The doctors have asked Zika affected patient to take rest and dring water as much as possible although there isn’t any proper medical solution. This virus is currently circulating in some parts of Africa and Asia although the rate of infection is very low.  

Various Reports

Various health organization has indicated that chance of getting Zika disease is almost negligible although they also mentioned that visitors might face many gastrointestinal problems which currently have moderate risk tag. The high-risk label has been given to Influenza because that is the season for flu in Brazil. US government has asked pregnant women to restrict their travel in Brazil although by following some simple precautions can give them the freedom to attain Olympics.  

Many health specialists also mentioned that there is less chance that tourist would export this virus to other countries as people of affected country has already developed antibodies that prevent the virus. However, a study has suggested that the virus might infect 1.65 million pregnant women residing in South and Central America.  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have asked the tourist and athletes to follow some regulations like avoiding contaminated food, using insect repellent while traveling, avoiding areas with contaminated water, etc.  

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