Here's Brazil's Plan for a Zika-Free Olympics
Largest outbreak has been in host country to 2016 Summer Games
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2016 7:42 AM CST
A researcher holds a container with female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that spread Zika.   (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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(Newser) – From polluted waterways to terrible planning, organizers of the 2016 Summer Olympics set to take place in Rio de Janeiro have faced plenty of challenges. The latest: the mosquito-borne Zika virus that has been linked to serious birth defects in newborn babies. Authorities in Brazil—home of the largest-known outbreak of the virus, which has spread through Latin America and the Caribbean—have announced plans to prevent Zika's spread during the games, the BBC reports. Measures include:

  • Inspections starting four months before the games to wipe out breeding grounds.
  • Daily mosquito sweeps during the games.
  • Fumigation on a case-by-case basis.
Also, officials say, August is a cooler, drier month, when mosquitoes are less common.