Olympic Athletes and Zika
It’s the first week of the Olympics 2016 taking place in Rio, Brazil this week. During the build up to the event there has been a lot of speculation concerning health issues relating to the spread of the Zika virus. But just how much of a threat is it really?
The Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games pose little additional risk of causing new outbreaks of the Zika virus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently wrote. The report came on the tails of a letter signed by 2401 international experts, including physicians, academics and bioethicists, asking that the Olympics be postponed or moved, as well as the news that numerous athletes, many of them golfers, have decided to sit these games out because they’re concerned about the mosquito-borne virus.
It’s been down to individual athletes to make their decision on participation due to the Zika circumstances.