The first contestant to withdrawn his name from the U. S Olympic team citing threat of Zika Virus is Tejay van Garderen. The award winning Cyclist has restrained his possible participation on the Olympic fearing the potential effects on his pregnant wife. Zika Virus has highly affected the Southern American portion and there are no effective cure of this lethal disease.
In an earlier survey, NPR documented the possibilities of catching Zika virus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at 1 in 31,250. The result couldn’t assuage the fear as the Telegraph disclosed that the World Health Organization (WHO) is cowed by the international sports arena. At first WHO stated that there wasn’t any public health risk and now the organization says it would like to reassess of the hazard and danger of attending the games. It would also like to support rescheduling of the game.
A professor from the University of Ottawa, Amir Attaran is heading a massive campaign to adjourn or postpone Olympic for a suitable time. Professor Amir is blaming WHO for its irresponsible attitude towards the responsibility it holds. Professor stated “The WHO is in a terrible conflict of interest by being partners and advisers to the Olympics, and then having to turn around and assess the risk of the Olympics,” Professor Amir accused the WHO as ‘arrogant and ignorant’. Professor Amir also accused WHO for ‘rejecting the wisdom of an open, transparent, independent scientific evaluation’.
Considering the probable risk factors, WHO also took some measures recently. Director general of WHO wrote ‘Given the current level of international concern, I have decided to ask members of the Zika Emergency Committee to examine the risks of holding the Olympic Summer Games as currently scheduled. The experts, well-versed in travel medicine, the epidemiology of vector-borne diseases, seasonal patterns of mosquito-borne infections, and risks communications, will meet shortly. Their advice to me will be immediately made public on our web site.’
It was also informed that many members of the NBC are refusing to travel to Rio de Janerio to work to avoid probable threats of contamination of Zika Virus. One NBC member stated “I have a family. I have small children and for me, at least, the trip seems too risky. I might want to get pregnant soon.”