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    'Playing hide and Zika' spurs debate among readers

     

     

     

    Dear Dr. McDonnell,

    As for whether the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brasil should be cancelled on account of Zika virus, I think we should defer to our very own Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During a telephone press conference briefing in October 2014, he was asked whether Americans should fear contracting Ebola virus while using public transportation due to open travel between endemic West African nations and the United States.  His response was thus:

    “I think there are two different parts of that equation,” Dr. Frieden said. “The first is, if you’re a member of the traveling public and are healthy, should you be worried that you might have gotten it by sitting next to someone? And the answer is no.”

    “Second, if you are sick and you may have Ebola, should you get on a bus? And the answer to that is also no. You might become ill, you might have a problem that exposes someone around you,” he said.

    It follows from such logic that if you don’t have Zika, you should have no fear of contracting Zika while attending The Games.  However, if you have Zika, you should stay out of Rio lest you serve as a host who might be bitten by Aedes aegypti, which then could go on to infect a healthy spectator or athlete.

    Such brilliant Doublespeak would propel Dr. Frieden to chair the IOC and fill his bank account with several million Brasilian Reais.  Problem solved.

    Saude!

    Paul Berner, MD, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Fort Harrison, MT

    Reference: http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/t1015-ebola-reponse-update.html

    Jolie Higazi
    Jolie is the Content Specialist for Ophthalmology Times. She can be reached at [email protected]

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