Rio counting on ‘luck’ to avoid major outbreak of Zika during Olympic Games

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From Fox News: “This is not an Olympic issue,” Rio de Janeiro’s mayor, Eduardo Paes, told a reporter when he was asked about the possibility that a Zika outbreak might happen during the Games. “The Olympics are taking place when the mosquito is not procreating, not active. August and July are the driest months, and they’re less warm, so you have a lower incidence of mosquito bites,” he said.
The Olympics are set to take place from Aug. 5 to 21 in Brazil’s second-largest city, followed by the Paralympic Games from Sept. 7 to 18. Tens of thousands of athletes and fans from every country on Earth will flood Rio in that time, only to return home potentially having been exposed to the Zika virus.
It’s a scenario that might concern any epidemiologist. Even so, no “special preventive actions” like fogging with pesticides will be taken during or before the Olympic Games, Cristina Lemos, the city’s Health Department superintendent told Fox News Latino.
“We will not direct our campaign at tourists,” she said. “We’re just instructing them to use personal protection, like long-sleeved shirts, long pants and to avoid exposure to places that may have mosquitoes.” “And also to use insect repellent,” Lemos added.
But many are skeptical of the city’s preparations. “We are counting on luck, we are counting on weather,” Brazilian biologist Mario Moscatelli told FNL. “The problem is that a city hosting an event like this should be taking actions to prevent the spread of disease, not depend on external factors.”
He added that while it’s true that winters in Rio are relatively cooler and drier, “The mosquitos are still out there, and any change in weather – and we have seen extraordinary changes in these last months – could cause a disaster. The neighborhood where most of the competitions will take place is also where we have the highest concentration of Zika and dengue fever cases.
The numbers would seem to validate his concern. Since April 2015, more than 100,000 Brazilians have contracted the Zika virus – which has been linked to the increase of cases of microcephaly, in which babies are born with abnormally small heads.
Although summer ended two months ago, in May the country’s southeast region, where Rio is located, surpassed the northeast, where the epidemic began in 2015, in number of cases of Zika with 46,318, according to Brazil’s Health Ministry.
2006 Prof. Frank Hadley Collins, Dir., Cntr. for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, Univ. of Notre Dame This 2006 photograph depicted a female Aedes aegypti mosquito while she was in the process of acquiring a blood meal from her human host, who in this instance, was actually the biomedical photographer, James Gathany, here at the Centers for Disease Control.  You’ll note the feeding apparatus consisting of a sharp, orange-colored “fascicle”, which while not feeding, is covered in a soft, pliant sheath called the "labellum”, which retracts as the sharp stylets contained within pierce the host's skin surface, as the insect obtains its blood meal. The orange color of the fascicle is due to the red color of the blood as it migrates up the thin, sharp translucent tube. The first reported epidemics of Dengue (DF) and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) occurred in 1779-1780 in Asia, Africa, and North America.  The near simultaneous occurrence of outbreaks on three continents indicates that these viruses and their mosquito vector have had a worldwide distribution in the tropics for more than 200 years. During most of this time, DF was considered a mild, nonfatal disease of visitors to the tropics. Generally, there were long intervals (10-40 years) between major epidemics, mainly because the introduction of a new serotype in a susceptible population occurred only if viruses and their mosquito vector, primarily the Aedes aegypti mosquito, could survive the slow transport between population centers by sailing vessels.
The Zika virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito which also transmits dengue and yellow fever. The mosquito breeds in small pools of stagnant water that collect in and around residences, such as flower vases, buckets, old tires, even wet floors and in the tanks of toilets.
Lemos, the health department official, said that the city has more than 3,000 agents deployed throughout the city to inspect places where Aedes mosquitoes are most abundant. They visit homes, she said, educating residents about how to protect themselves, “searching for water deposits that can become potential breeding sites … [and] treating with pesticide larval deposits that cannot be eliminated.” In extreme cases, she indicated, they would spray homes with insecticide.
Lemos also said that squares, parks, clubs, parking lots, stadiums, vacant lots and other sites are being regularly inspected.
But Moscatelli, with his expertise in biology, is not convinced. “We did almost nothing in the last 20 years to prevent the spread of Aedes. Seven years ago we were chosen to host the Olympics, which gave us a second chance, but nothing was done. What can we do in two months? Pray for the weather to behave. That’s it.
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Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

This is rather tragic, but it goes along with hosting something like this in a country that is rather second rate. My biggest question is, if Americans or others who travel there do become infected . . . can this disease be spread from carrier to others, apart from the risk to unborn babies??

Dr. Eowyn
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Brazil is another failed state. Tighten your seatbelt: this summer — with the trannies-can-compete-as-their-imagined-gender Olympic Games and the Republican & Democratic National Conventions — will be chaotic.

squirrelmistresssquirrelmistress
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i heard it was caused by round-up, the bug spray made by monsanto. then it gets into the mosquitoes, then humans. and now they’re making a vaccine for it. how profitable! i mean, how tragic.

truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

I think,if things keep on the way they have recently,the Olympics will soon become a once a year TV Special,with no onsite audience. It’s so sad to see it going down the tubes due to a Country’s laziness to prepare properly for problems and due to the growing PC-ness being pushed on the World by the less than one percent of the people out there.who are deviants and want US to accept their deviations as “Normal”.

Anonymous
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And this is how Democrats want our country to be… because American exceptional (to things like this, of course) is bad or something.

elfmom55
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elfmom55

Shrunken heads more likely caused by TDAP vaccine NOT Zika by Jim Stone
All one has to do is search “Zika hoax” and there are a multitude of links to go to.
https://www.jimstone.is/zika.html

Glenn47
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Glenn47

For anyone to even think the country could put on a safe and fair Olympics is beyond imagination. Besides,the Zika scare, you have other second and third world worries, the water, drinking, bathing as well as water used for the sports. Then you have the tremendous crime there and you know all the criminals and pick pockets have set up camp there. You have other disease such as TB that will be rampant. And I would absolutely would not want to be anywhere near where pesticides will have been used before, during or after. Companies like Monsanto, one of the… Read more »

Sara
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Sara

Zika is not causing microcephaly abd they know it. The whole idea is ridiculous.

cartoonsstudio
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When even the pope is riding the Zika hoax train, one must not get on board.