An outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus is complicating Brazil’s plans for what already looked likely to be a pretty disastrous Summer Olympics. The BBC:
Inspections of Olympic facilities will begin four months before the Games to get rid of mosquito breeding grounds.
Daily sweeps will also take place during the Games.
But fumigation would only be an option on a case-by-case basis because of concerns for the health of the athletes and visitors.
First, we had an IOC official saying, as paraphrased by the IOC, that the planning was “the worst I have experienced.” Then, the money dried up as Brazil’s economy crashed. Next, rowers fell sick in the rehearsal games last summer and now, the Zika virus threatens to scare the tourists away, with pregnant women being advised by Western agencies to stay out of the country lest a mosquito bite end in a birth defect.
Brazilians are great improvisors and, despite the worries of skeptics, the World Cup went well, so it’s possible they’ll figure this all out. But as we get closer to the opening ceremony, the bad news just keeps coming.