Will Zika kill the Olympics? Can it be moved?

Could the Olympics be in trouble because of?the?Zika virus?

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has told sports federations that athletes and staff concerned for their health over the Zika virus should consider not going to the Olympic Games in August in Rio de Janeiro.

The message was delivered in a conference call involving USOC officials and leaders of US sport federations in late January, according to two people who participated in the hook-up.

Federations were told no one should go to Brazil “if they don’t feel comfortable going — bottom line”, said Donald Anthony, president and board chairman of USA Fencing.

The USOC’s briefing to sport federations is the latest sign Olympics officials are taking the Zika threat to the Rio Games seriously, and acknowledges at least some athletes and support staff could face a tough decision over whether to attend. ?

The US won most medals at the last Olympics in London in 2012, so any disruption to its presence would have significant impact on the Rio games.

Global health authorities suspect the mosquito-borne Zika virus has caused a spike in Brazil of microcephaly, a birth defect marked by an abnormally small head.

As a result, the World Health Organisation declared an international health emergency on February 1, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising pregnant women or those considering becoming pregnant to avoid travel to places with Zika outbreaks.

Yet another unintended consequence of the green insistence of removing DDT from our arsenal of things to kill and control mosquitos. Thanks to them malaria continues to cause millions of deaths and now Zika.

Enjoy your shrunken Olympics courtesy of well-meaning but ultimately stupid people.

 

– Newshub

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