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Microcephaly In Brazil

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“A virus known as the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne virus that predominantly affects prenatal women and can cause microcephaly in newborns, has reared its head in Brazil” (Altman, Brian). This is a very treacherous epidemic. Countless lives have been ruined from the virus in Brazil and many other Central American countries. The Olympic games are being held in Brazil, the center of the disease, causing panic among many of the athletes. It especially hits the female athletes the hardest for the Zika virus mainly affects females reproductive cells. Why should the female athletes suffer for something that is not their fault? Even though it would be very difficult to reschedule the Olympics that are so soon, they still should not be hosted in Brazil.…show more content…
“This study marks a turning point in the Zika outbreak. It is now clear that the virus causes microcephaly”( Tom Frieden). Microcephaly is an abnormal smallness of the head, a congenital condition associated with incomplete brain development. With the Olympics being held in Brazil, there is much cause to attention the potential disease being brought back to the U.S. by female athletes bringing an epidemic to carry havoc on the citizens of the United States. It can be spread very easily through mosquito bites of the yellow fever mosquito. From the mosquitoes, the virus does not cause many symptoms to its victims generating unknown awareness of the virus. “ Only one in five people who become infected with Zika virus will feel sick. Symptoms of Zika virus infection include fever, rash, pink eye, pains in joints, pain behind the eyes, headache, and muscle pains”( Levison, Matthew). The symptoms, if any, last 4-7 days in most cases. The Zika Virus is an easily spread disease with few symptoms. It is clear that although it would be very difficult to reschedule the Olympics that are so soon, the Olympics should not be held in Brazil this year for two main reasons. First, the Zika virus is most abundant in Brazil. But most importantly, the Zika virus has been proven to cause birth defects in children from once infected women. The Olympic Games are a grand event that cannot just be altered on the grounds of time and place. With this in mind, the Olympics still should not be held in Brazil with evidence that it would not be safe for the many different countries to
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