by Kaylee Fabini
There are many viruses around the world, Zika is one of them. Zika is a virus that mosquitoes transfer to people after they bite, you then become infected. Women that are pregnant are at risk because if they get bit by a mosquito that has Zika, their child can have birth defects (most likely a deformed head).
There is no vaccine or medicine to prevent or to treat the infection. The only way you can really protect yourself from Zika is to avoid traveling to areas with the virus. But, if you are traveling or living in an area where the Zika virus is present, then the least you can do is wear long sleeve shirts and long pants, wear bug spray, and stay indoors in the early morning and late evening. Most of these areas are in South America. Zika has arrived in the United States because of travelers returning from infected areas. Researchers in laboratories around the world are working hard to try and create a vaccine for the virus.
The Rio Summer Olympics will not be cancelled because of the Zika virus. If an athlete doesn’t want to go, then they can just not go. They aren’t going to be forced to go. The athletes that aren’t going to the Olympics are deciding this because they don’t want to get this virus, it is even sometimes deadly. I think that the Rio Summer Olympics should be moved somewhere else because it’s not worth it to risk lots of people getting sick. Also if people go to the Olympics, and then they go back to their original country, they might bring the virus with them and infect others. I think that the Olympics should be moved somewhere else, and that scientists need to make a vaccine or some kind of medicine to treat this virus.