German doctor says zika is not a threat to the Rio Olympics

No vaccine or treatment for zika.
10/02/2016 12h48 - Updated 10/02/2016 13h10
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The epidemic of zika virus in Brazil needs to be monitored, but is not a threat to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, said the chief physician of the German Olympic delegation on Wednesday.

Bernd Wolfarth, head of the German Olympic Sports Confederation, told Reuters, However, it is up to the athletes themselves decide whether to participate or not Games.

“Despite the fact that athletes decide for themselves, and with all freedom, or they will not compete, should now follow the developments (virus) carefully”, he said.

The virus, which is transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti, widespread in Brazil, which has been linked to cases of microcephaly malformation -a cerebral-, It is causing global warning since spread beyond the Americas and arouses concerns among sports officials from around the globe at the time that delegations prepare for Rio 2016, between the days 5 e 21 of August.

On Tuesday Kenya caused uproar when the president of its National Olympic Committee, Kipchoge Keino, He said that his delegation can boycott the Games because of zika, but authorities later said it was too early to determine the impact of the virus.

Earlier Wednesday, Toni Minichiello, coach of the defending champion of heptathlon, British Jessica Ennis-Hill, He said Britain should withdraw his training camp for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 Brazil and it will not encourage your athlete to defend title.

There is no vaccine or treatment for zika, so combat the outbreak comes down to the eradication of populations and spread of outbreaks of mosquitoes and prevent infections.


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