Rio 2016 may be threatened by the Zika virus but the Australian team is doing its best to minimise the risk of getting infected.
Australian Olympic team chef de mission Kitty Chiller has announced that athletes will be provided with Zika-proof condoms. This is to prevent Zika infection through sexual intercourse, ABC reports.
The condoms manufactured by Australian company, Starpharma Holdings Ltd is to distribute the condoms with antiviral lubricants. The Guardian reports that Starpharma will be giving out Ansell “Dual Protect” condoms infused with the Starpharma’s VivaGel product. In laboratory tests, the VivaGel has been shown to be effective against the Zika virus and other viral infections.
The distribution will amount to 350,000 male condoms and 100,000 female condoms. The Starpharma condoms will be released on top of the standard issue condoms given at the Olympics.
Meanwhile, Starpharma chief executive officer Jackie Fairley has said to The Guardian that, “Given sexual transmission of Zika virus is of increasing importance, the potent activity of Starpharma’s VivaGel against Zika could prove very significant.”
The Australian Olympic team has already said that it sees the Zika virus as a minimal threat. The Zika virus is continually spreading over the continent. Meanwhile, Olympic officials are doing their best to minimise the spread of Zika virus.
Chef de mission Kitty Chiller has already stated the Australian Olympic athletes can easily avoid the Zika virus. They must heed the health instructions. They also must ensure that they follow the necessary precautions. They also gave athletes the option not to compete in the summer games.
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Meanwhile, as the Rio 2016 loom in, 26,000 Zika virus cases have already been reported. It still is increasing. However, the International Olympic is still mum on the cancellation.
The Rio Summer Olympics 2016 is set to take place in Rio de Janeiro on August 5.