Olympics travel exposes four nations to Zika risk

Published on : Thursday, July 14, 2016

Zika virusOn Wednesday, a US health agency said that the travel associated to Paralympic and Rio Olympic Games would expose four nations to risk from Zika virus.


Among the 19 countries that are prone to infection, Yemen, Djibouti, Eritrea and Chad are the most susceptible to this fatal virus according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The virus might lead to conditions that can cause a violent outbreak of Zika.


The 19 nations that have been identified as CDC as susceptible to Zika outbreak have not reported of any infection. These are the only countries that bear a risk of getting affected by the Zika virus as a result of Olympic-related travel. No other nation is under this risk.


For, the World Health Organization or WHO has asserted that the Olympic related travel would expose the countries to a ‘very low risk’ of the outbreak of this disease.


The health officials all across the world have been working hard to understand Zika virus, whose outbreak has infected several people in the US.


Brazil is the country that has been on the receiving end of the Zika outbreak to the maximum extent. This region would conduct the Summer Olympics next month in Rio de Janeiro. Ever since the outbreak occurred, many physicians have expressed tension over the fact that the Rio Olympics would be responsible for spreading the virus globally.


CDC has said that athletes from 207 countries and nearly 3, 50, 000 international visitors are expected to turn up at Rio de Janeiro to witness the Olympic Games as per the Brazilian Tourism Board.


According to WHO, Zika causes a neurological disorder known as Guillain-Barre syndrome as well as microcephaly that is a birth defect that leads to small heads in babies.


If people are bitten by an infected mosquito, he would be infected by the Zika virus. In addition, sexual transmission also spreads this deadly virus.


No vaccine is available for this virus.


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