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11 Feb

Olympic Travel to Brazil Possibly Impacted by Zika Virus

With the appearance of the Zika virus appearing in Texas, it’s now a concern for both North and South America.  Specifically, Brazil is getting nervous as the Zika virus is another in a list of issues that is making the country hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics a tall order to fill.

The Zika virus is strongly linked, though not yet proven, to cause microcephaly in developing infants. In some South American countries, women are being advised to postpone pregnancy for the next 2 years. Although the latest information from the CDC estimates a vaccination for Zika at approximately ten years away.

What are the symptoms of the Zika virus?
About 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus become ill (i.e., develop Zika). The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache.

Where is the CDC advising caution when traveling?
source : Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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