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Zika virus risk at Rio Olympics

When the Olympic Games kick off next week in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian city will see an influx of up to 500,000 visitors, tourists, vendors, athletes and media workers. Worries have spread about the state of things in Rio these days, from still-under-construction athlete housing to uncommonly polluted water. One of the most high profile concerns has been the spread of Zika virus.

thermometer for fever-infrared thermometer-178Aedes aegypti mosquitos that carry the virus can transmit them to humans through a bite, and Zika also can be transmitted between people through sexual contact. In January, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika a global public health emergency.–by Christopher Hassiotis

Be prepared before you gets sick

Invest in a good thermometer that takes your temperature in one seconds. I prefer the infrared thermometer, Using an infrared laser to quickly and accurately deliver the internal temperature measurements, required by the doctors, and tailored to be conveniently used on babies, children or adults.

“The magnitude of ZIKV risks attributable to the Olympics should be interpreted in the context of all opportunities for the virus to spread internationally,” the researchers write in the study. “Aside from the Olympics, Brazil receives more than 6 million international arrivals annually, whereas the Caribbean region hosts nearly 30 million visitors annually and may encounter seasonal increases in ZIKV transmission risk during the summer.”