Published on : Thursday, February 4, 2016
Almost four million Americans are said to be affected by the Zika virus. With the Rio Olympic event about six months away the organizing committee is raising its concern on how much the situation will affect the event especially after WHO has issued its travel guidelines.
The World Health Organisation has declared the virus an international health emergency. However the committee has voiced that there is no real threat to the athletes and only pregnant women, who may be among the spectators, would need to exert caution. They also felt that the impact of the virus should mellow in the August weather.
Joao Grangeiro, director or medical services for Rio 2016 organizing committee told reporters,” “This is not the rainy period for us, so historically speaking, the chance to have a wide risk for Zika contamination during the Olympics at this time is not so important.”
People are waiting to see how the situation develops as the event comes near; no cancellations have been noted yet feels the committee. There has been an increase from tourists applying for travel insurance, in case a need to cancel the trip arises.
The virus has spread to 25 countries in the Americas. Only Chile and Canada have not been affected according to the WHO.
From next week mandatory reporting of cases by local authorities will come into force by which time most states will have labs equipped to test for the virus. Brazil is trying to put things under control by taking the right preventive before the big event.