Zika Fears Force Postponement of Major League Baseball Games to Miami

by Reshma Anand on  May 7, 2016 at 4:56 PM Tropical Disease News
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The ferocious spread of Zika virus has led to the rescheduling of two Major League Baseball Games in Puerto Rico this month to Miami.
Zika Fears Force Postponement of Major League Baseball Games to Miami
Zika Fears Force Postponement of Major League Baseball Games to Miami
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Major League Baseball and the MLB players' union jointly announced the move on May 6, 2016. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins had been scheduled to play in San Juan on May 30 and 31.

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The decision to move the series to Miami arose after numerous players expressed concerns to the union about the virus, which is primarily spread through mosquito bites but can also be spread through sexual contact.

It has been linked to the brain defect microcephaly and blamed for a recent surge in cases of babies suffering from the defect in Brazil.

The US Centers for Disease Control has warned of a potential explosion of Zika cases in Puerto Rico. Last week the CDC reported the first death there from complications of the disease - of a 70-year-old man who died of thrombocytopenia - a condition in which the blood does not clot properly.

The two games were to be the first regular-season games played in Puerto Rico since the Marlins and New York Mets played a three-game set in San Juan in 2010.

Source: AFP
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