There have been calls in recent months for a delay or postponement of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.  The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this summer should be postponed or moved “in the name of public health” due to the widening Zika outbreak in Brazil, more than 100 prominent physicians, professors and bioethicists from Japan to South Africa, Norway to the United States said in an open letter to the World Health Organization.  The Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before now.  Brazil is one of almost 60 countries that have reported continuing transmission of Zika by mosquitoes.

In addition, many prominent athletes from participating countries (including Brazilian athletes themselves) have expressed concerns over the potential long-term health repercussions from the Zika virus outbreak.  Most recently NBA star Pao Gasol from the Chicago Bulls(Spain) stated his concerns regarding the unfortunate situation in Rio.  “It wouldn’t surprise me to see some athletes deciding not to participate in the games to avoid putting their health and the health of their families at risk,” Gasol said.  “I’m thinking about (whether or not to go),” he said. “Just like every athlete, or any other person considering going to Rio, should be thinking about it.”  There are some tough questions that all the world-class athletes who’ve trained for the Olympics their whole lives will have to face when they make the decision to participate in the Games or not in 2016.

The silver lining for those of us here in Florida who are also trying to steer clear of the dangers involved with the Zika virus is knowing that Brandon Pest Control is here to help you do your level best in protecting your family from the mosquito-borne virus linked to severe birth defects and possible neurological problems in adults.  Take a minute to contact Brandon Pest Control today and we can get one of our certified technicians out to your home and treat your property to help combat everyone’s least favorite summer party crasher:  the mosquito.