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. Continue reading “Zika . A danger for Baseball”

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Brazil Deploys 200,000 Troops to Combat Zika Virus

Municipal workers gesture before spraying insecticide at the neighborhood of Imbiribeira in Recife.

 

Soldiers will be making house-to-house visits to spread awareness of the mosquito-borne virus.
Brazil is deploying more than 200,000 soldiers to battle the Zika virus, which is believed to cause severe birth defects, the health ministry announced Wednesday.

The troops will make house-to-house visits to spread awareness of the mosquito-borne virus, handing out leaflets and insect repellent to Brazilians.

The campaign, due to last just one day, Feb. 13, comes amid fears that the outbreak could affect the upcoming Rio Olympic Games.

The mosquito-borne virus causes symptoms similar to dengue and chikungunya, including fever and joint pain. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, no confirmed cases of Zika have led to death, and symptoms normally last no longer than a week.

However, in recent weeks health officials have raised concerns the virus could be linked to a rare brain defect among newborn babies, which has caused deaths.

“Although Zika typically causes only mild symptoms, outbreaks in Brazil have coincided with a marked increase in microcephaly – or unusually small head size – in newborns,” PAHO said. “Pregnant women should be especially careful to avoid mosquito bites.”

In Brazil, microcephaly, a condition which affects the development of an infant’s brain, is believed to have affected 3,893 newborn babies since authorities began investigating the surge in October, local officials announced earlier this month.