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2016 Paralympic Games facilities to be disinfected for Zika virus

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The mayor of Rio de Janeiro has said that starting in April, all venues used for the 2016 Summer Paralympics and Olympics will be periodically visited, and the sites disinfected for the Zika virus.  All efforts will be taken to insure that insecticide is not spread in areas with  sporting equipment and other materials used by sportspeople during the Games.

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Zika is believed to cause birth defects in pregnant women.  Symptoms for people who contract the virus include fever, headache, conjunctivitis, rash, and joint and muscle pain. One of the concerns related to the virus is no vaccine is currently available to combat it, and any widely vaccine is likely several years from delivery.  Clinical testing is expected to start later this year for vaccines currently in the development pipeline.

The International Olympic Committee is already in contact with the Brazilian authorities and the World Health Organization.  They plan to communication with National Olympic Committees regarding updates from organizers regarding any issues connected to the Zika virus and its impact on the 2016 Games.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2532 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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