Dr. Manny: Why we should move the 2016 Rio Olympics

May 13, 2016

As research unfolds, we learn more and more about the damaging effects that the Zika virus has on the developing brain, and the danger it poses to couples trying to conceive. We also know that it has been linked to another paralyzing disease in adults called Guillain-Barre, and that there is currently no vaccine or cure for Zika.

In addition to the 4,759 Zika-linked microcephaly cases in Brazil, the virus has raised hell in areas of the Caribbean and Latin America, where active outbreaks have been reported in 45 countries and territories. While the virus is typically spread through the bite of an infected female mosquito, we now have confirmed cases of transmission through sexual contact.

Simply put, this virus cannot be overlooked.

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