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Outrunning Zika
Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency. More than 30 countries, including the U.S., have reported cases of Zika. The virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, has been linked to birth defects, so it's particularly dangerous for pregnant women. The largest outbreak has been in Brazil, which is scheduled to host the 2016 Summer Olympics in August. Health officials are worried that the athletes and half a million expected spectators coming from around the world will be exposed to the Zika virus, further spreading it.
  1. Who does the runner in the cartoon represent? What is he doing?
  2. What's chasing the runner, and what does it symbolize?
  3. The modern Olympics have been canceled only five times in history, during World War I (1914-18) and World War II (1939-45). Do you think the summer games should be called off or moved to another country if the virus isn't contained by August? Explain.
  4. If you were an athlete competing in the summer games in Brazil, would you attend? Why or why not?