Saturday 28 May 2016

Rio and Zika

Daughter.2 was going to travel to Brazil, but because of the outbreak of Zika virus (120,000 cases), she decided to go to Japan instead. Sensible. Although it's a rather obvious decision to make, especially as mosquitos regard daughter.2 as an all-you-can-eat buffet.

So, later this year, in the middle of an epidemic of a disease that has horrific birth-defect effects, we're going to ship half a million people into the epicenter, and then spread those people all over the world.

Wait, what? Are you insane? What is the massively important reason for gathering 500,000 people into a place to expose them to Zika, and then let them go back home to spread it world wide?

You already guessed. Sport. People running, jumping and throwing things.

Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of running, jumping and throwing things (not even a small fan), but surely even the people who think that it's really important to run, jump and throw things, could find a place to do it that isn't in the middle of a horrible disease outbreak?

Obviously I don't care how many of those 500,000 people contract Zika and have children with brain damage (well I do, actually) but more importantly, some of them will be travelling from here, returning to here, and bringing the disease back with them.

And it looks like no-one can stop this from happening.

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