Rio Authorities announce Pre-Olympic Sweep for Zika Virus

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Authorities in Rio de Janiero have announced plans to prevent the spread of the Zika virus during the Olympic Games slated to begin August 5th, this year.

The mosquito-borne disease which has caused scare in Brazil has been linked to severe birth defects. Many pregnant women who get stung by the Aedes aegypti mosquito carrying the virus may not know that they caught the Zika virus,until it strikes their unborn child.

The Brazilian authorities have said that there would be inspections of Olympic facilities four months before the Games to get rid of mosquito breeding grounds.

Daily sweeps will also take place during the Games, according to BBC.

A British Olympic Association spokesperson said that it would be monitoring the situation over the coming months and its medical team had been liaising with specialists at the London School of Tropical Medicine.

The aim is to ensure that team members are “given the most up-to-date travel medicine advice, which includes information on bite prevention strategies,” the spokesperson said.

“This information has already been shared with all sports and it will be continually updated prior to departure for the Olympic Games.”

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