Rio 2016 should be moved or delayed ?

Discussion in 'General discussion' started by karnala, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. karnala

    karnala Well-Known Member

    I'm very concerned about the Olympics being held in Rio from 5-21 August because of the global warning from health expects about the Zika virus ... and now there are more concerns about a "super bacteria" in Olympic venues:

    The first of the two new studies, reviewed in September by scientists at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy in San Diego, showed the presence of the microbes at five of Rio's showcase beaches, including the ocean-front Copacabana, where open-water and triathlon swimming will take place.

    The second new study, by the Brazilian Government's Oswaldo Cruz Foundation lab, which will be published next month by the American Society for Microbiology, found the genes of super bacteria in the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in the heart of Rio and in a river that empties into Guanabara Bay.

    An earlier study published in late 2014 had shown the presence of the super bacteria — classified by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an urgent public health threat — off one of the beaches in Guanabara Bay, where sailing and wind-surfing events will be held during the Games......

    Cleaning the city's waterways was meant to be one of the Games' greatest legacies and a high-profile promise in the official 2009 bid document Rio used to win the right to host South America's first Olympics.

    Rio de Janeiro: In 33 years of practice, Rio de Janeiro obstetrician and gynaecologist Isabella Tartari Proenca has helped countless expectant mothers through the anxieties of pregnancy and childbirth. But ever since an exotic virus called Zika hit Brazil a few months ago (2015), she's run out of assurances. "I get calls and text messages all day long," Dr Proenca said. "My patients are terrified."

    Who could blame them? Since May, when the national health ministry confirmed the first cases of Zika virus, the mosquito- borne disease has swept the country, infecting at least half a million people. While most victims escape with a low-grade fever, skin rashes and achy joints, some dire complications have ensued. Among them is microcephaly, a condition that leads to exceptionally small infant head size, which causes lasting neurological damage and can lead to death.

    Zika has since spread across Latin America. By December 22, Brazilian authorities had confirmed 2782 cases of microcephaly this year, a five-fold increase over the yearly average since 2010 – 80 babies whose mothers tested positive for Zika were stillborn or died shortly after birth.

    Ten-year-old Elison nurses his two-month-old brother Jose Wesley at their house in Poco Fundo, Pernambuco state, Brazil. Photo: AP

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