Zika At the Olympics

Zika Olympics CartoonDespite all the worry, or perhaps because of all the worry, there have been no reported cases of Zika Virus transmission to Olympic athletes. Several factors have led to this outcome. August is a low point for mosquitoes in Rio. August is the second driest month in Rio (after December). July and August average the lowest number of rainy days. Authorities took the Zika virus seriously (unlike the US Congress) and provided extensive mosquito control. Repellents are in widespread use which reduces transmission. The Olympic village is isolated from much of the population (reverse quarantine), another factor that reduces risk. Rio is to be praised for their effective public health for addressing the serious concerns about Zika.

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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