Many athletes expressed fear over the Zika virus in advance of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Some of the world’s best athletes such as Steph Curry, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth even cited concern over the virus when withdrawing from the games.
As it turns out, they probably had nothing to worry about.
The World Health Organization posted on its website Thursday the total amount of confirmed Zika infections resulting from the Olympic games, and the number is startling.
Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Not one.
“From the reports WHO received from national health authorities, there have so far been no laboratory confirmed cases of Zika virus in anyone associated with the Olympics,” the report said.
There were conflicting reports about just how dangerous the Zika virus would be for athletes and tourists traveling to Rio de Janeiro.
While publications like the Harvard Public Health Review called for the games to be moved from Brazil and expected a worldwide outbreak, others such as the Yale School of Public Health thought the risk of getting the virus was minimal.
Still, it would be hard to find a study anticipating that not a single individual would contract the virus at the Olympics.
Of course the WHO findings are preliminary and some cases could be reported in the coming weeks and months, but it’s good news that the outbreak so many feared is unlikely to happen.
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Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Here’s how many confirmed Zika cases came out of the Rio Olympics