BREAKING NEWS: The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics may be postponed or cancelled in the next three to six months depending on the severity of the Zika virus in South America. The virus has affected nearly 1.6 million people around the world and 1.5 million are from Brazil.
The Zika virus is primarily spread through mosquito bites and the most common symptoms are fevers, rashes, joint pains, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The virus can also be spread through intercourse but the common symptoms are the least of the International Olympic Committees (IOC) worries. According to several sources, women who are pregnant or impregnated at the Olympics and contract the virus will be risking the lives of their unborn children. The Zika virus is known to have several birth defects, which can be harmful and sometimes deadly to newborn children but that’s not all.
According to the Center for Disease Control the virus has made landfall in Texas after a patient had sex with an individual who had recently returned from Venezuela. This is the first known case of the virus on American soil but their will, without a doubt be more because currently there is no cure for the virus. The CDC said that it would provide more information about the transmission of the virus as soon as it is learned, which we can only hope is relatively soon.