Zika . A danger for Baseball

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Major League Baseball scrapped a series in Puerto Rico between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins amid concerns over the Zika virus.

The players’ union backed the decision, which was made Friday. Instead, the matches will played in Miami on May 30-31 at Marlins Park.

Local mosquito transmission of the Zika virus infection have been reported in Puerto Rico since the epidemic was first detected in 2015.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed nearly 700 cases of Zika in Puerto Rico, including 65 pregnant women. With a population of 3.5 million people, the territory is by far the most affected area in the United States.

Symptoms of Zika are initially generally mild and include fever, rash, joint pain and redness of the eyes. They typically begin two to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Zika cases have been confirmed in 55 countries and the latest figures make Colombia the second most affected nation in South America, after Brazil, of the mosquito-borne virus.

The virus may cause the birth defect microcephaly — a fetal deformity in newborn babies leading to smaller than normal brains.

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