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How Big a Threat Will Zika Be At the Olympics?


wsj articleThe following is an excerpt from Taylor Umlauf and Youjin Shin | August 3, 2016 | WSJ.com |

Brazil is experiencing a widespread outbreak of the Zika virus. In May, some health experts published an open letter calling for the Olympics to be postponed or moved. Others, like the World Health Organization, say the Games should go on. Fears have led a few athletes to drop out, while two teams have deployed technology to reduce the risk of transmission. Visitors are planning to take extra precautions. Will the Olympics fuel the global spread of the Zika virus?

A Hot Spot for Mosquitoes
Rio’s climate and population density make it an optimal environment for mosquitoes, which transmit the virus.

Fertile Environment

Rio de Janeiro and the five sites outside the city hosting soccer games are in areas where Zika-bearing mosquitoes can thrive.

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