Zika virus
Zika virus

South Korea has announced its Olympic athletes will wear long-sleeved shirts and pants containing mosquito repellent for ceremonies and training during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The uniforms are meant to ward off mosquito-borne transmission of the Zika virus, which causes only mild symptoms in most people but can cause birth defects when pregnant women are infected.

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The virus has also been found to be sexually transmissible, meaning an infected athlete, while not pregnant, could bring the virus home and pass it on to a partner.

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Athletes cannot wear the protective clothing while competing, but they will be allowed to use mosquito repellent.

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Brazil has reported about 1.5 million Zika infections out of a worldwide total of about 2 million.

Source Voa

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