Zika Virus: Australian Olympic Team Has Minimum Risk

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Following several speculations of the Zika virus effects on the Olympics players, the Australian Olympic team’s medical director claimed that Australian athletes have the least risk of getting affected.

The Rio Olympics 2016 has grabbed the attention of people across the globe. In this case, speculating harsh effects of the Zika virus on the athletes is growing and very obvious. But the Aussie team’s medical expert, Dr. David Hughes, has claimed that Australian players are at a lower risk of getting affected by the virus during their Olympic stay in Rio.

“I expect very few if any of the Australian Olympic team to be exposed to the Zika virus, and the vast majority of the Australian Olympic team will be returning to the southern parts of Australia where the mosquito that carries the Zika virus is, it’s just not viable,” the director said as quoted by the ABC.

According to Hughes, the worst effects of the virus are on women who are pregnant or planning to conceive. In the United States, discussions on birth control measures and even abortion have taken pace because of the aftereffects of the virus on the newborns. The medical expert however said that the risk of transmission of the virus after the return of Olympians carrying Zika from Rio was also very low as the transmission is likely to affect only the population living in far north Queensland.

“Zika for the healthy Australian Olympic team going into Rio is something that they can avoid if they take all the simple, but necessary, precautions that we have outlined in the health advisory that we’ve circulated to every member of the Australian Olympic team,” he said.

According to Cycling Weekly UK, a public health expert, Amir Attaran, has demanded the cancellation or transfer of Rio Olympics 2016 as the Zika virus is quite dangerous and will possibly to affect the athletes.“Simply put, Zika infection is more dangerous, and Brazil’s outbreak more extensive, than scientists reckoned a short time ago. Which leads to a bitter truth: the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games must be postponed, moved, or both, as a precautionary concession,” Attaran’s article published in the Harvard Public Health Review stated. “Rio de Janeiro is more affected by Zika than anyone expected, rendering earlier assumptions of safety obsolete.”

Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee is working on the guidelines to be issued to players so that they remain safe while they stay in Rio.

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