According to Reuters, new research attempting to calculate the risk of the Zika virus at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro may reassure organizers and many of the more than 500,000 athletes and fans expected to travel to the epicenter of the epidemic.
Controversy about the global gathering in August has grown as more about the disease becomes known. The mosquito-borne virus can cause crippling birth defects and, in adults, has been linked to the neurological disorder Guillain-Barre.
The World Health Organization, acknowledging the concern, has called a meeting of its Zika experts to evaluate the transmission risk posed by the Olympics.
The debate has played out largely in the absence of models calculating the risk to tourists attending the Olympics. New projections obtained by Reuters suggest the risk is small.
One Sao Paulo-based research group predicted the Rio Olympics would result in no more than 15 Zika infections among the foreign visitors expected to attend the event, according to data reviewed by Reuters.
The projection echoes that of a separate group of Brazilian scientists, also based at the University of Sao Paulo, in a study published in the journal Epidemiology & Infection in April. It found the Olympics would result in no more than 16 additional cases of the disease.
Neither study attempted to assess the risk of even a single Olympics traveler carrying the virus back to a vulnerable home country — a central concern of recent calls to reconsider the venue of the Games.
But a team of U.S. government epidemiologists calculated that Olympics visitors would account for .25 percent of the total risk of spreading Zika through air travel. That was based on 2015 data showing about 240 million people moved to and from areas that now have active transmission.
“Even if the Games were totally shut off and stopped, and the whole thing were canceled, 99 percent of that risk is still ongoing,” Dr. Martin Cetron, director of global migration and quarantine for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview.
more recommended stories
Mexican journalist murdered, first of 2019
Mexico City (AFP) – A Mexican.
Two brothers went hunting in Dzilam, one gets shot in the chest in “hunting accident”
A sad ending had a hunting.
European Union applauds Yucatan’s initiative to eliminate straws and plastic bags
“Yucatan is a good example of.
Guadalajara seeks tourist exchange with Mérida
The director of international relations of.
Could your cat be hiding the bubonic plague?
The same “black plague that once.
Quintana Roo’s coral reefs in state of alert
Deterioriation of coral reefs will seriously.
Start-up Games México: A Global Entrepreneur Programme
The spokespersons of fifty independent businesses.
New medical studies uncover the inner workings of Alzheimer’s disease
WASHINGTON (EFE) .- Scientists from the.
There might be no host, yet the show must go on.
The 2019 oscars will not have.
Huachicol in Yucatan! 80,000 liters of gasoline were seized near Mérida
In a joint operation between authorities,.