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The virus Zika - Olympics at risk?

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Events 11.02.2016, Thu

Due to the epidemic virus Zika many spectators and even athletes can refuse to participate in the Olympic Games in 2016 in Brazil. Every year, such events is becoming more of a problem.

The spread of the virus Zika in Brazil scares many people wanting to come to the Olympics to be held in August in several Brazilian cities. Some athletes and many viewers expressed their desire not to go to the Olympics. It is not clear whether it will be a mass phenomenon. Chances are, most people still take the risk and go to Brazil.

With the "technical" point of view Zika virus is moderately dangerous. It causes microcephaly (an abnormally small brain) in newborns. This scares a woman causes panic. However, three months after the recovery is no danger to the woman or to her future children. That is, three months after recovery from a viral infection Zika can get pregnant without negative consequences for the health of the future child.

However, Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitoes, so the spread of the epidemic is difficult to control. Scare people about viruses (bird flu, Ebola, dengue) today is comparable to the epidemic phobia regarding the terrorist threat. Paranoid fears govern our lives. For example a third of the Olympics spending go for security.

Most of the Olympic competitions will be held in Rio de Janeiro, where the danger for Zika low level. Some competitions will be held in other cities, where the danger above: El Salvador, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and Sao Paulo.

Apparently, in addition to the "fun" rides the Olympics and other similar events add another "entertainment". At the 2012 Olympics in London, the people went to the rostrum through the wire fence under electric current, protected by masked men with machineguns. Twilight picture, which previously could only see in prisons or concentration camps during World War II. Today it is normal.

In the near future along with to protect against terrorists will be added epidemiological safety measures. Perhaps it will quarantine rooms for suspicious, a special clothes or overall, disinfection at the entrance, masks and buzz ionizers. Over time, people eventually get used to the special atmosphere of a modern mass party.

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