U.S. Olympic Basketball Player Kyrie Irving Contracts Zika Virus in Rio De Janeiro 


Cleveland Cavaliers point guard, Kyrie Irving has contracted the Zika virus while competing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The point guard began feeling ill a couple of days ago and tests recently confirmed that Irving contracted the Zika virus. Irving displayed symptoms such as joint pains, headaches and fatigue. The symptoms were initially ignored by Irving as he thought the symptoms were a result from competing in the Olympic Games. 

Kyrie Irving is currently being quarantined in a private hospital in Rio De Janeiro. There are no approved vaccines or treatment for the Zika virus. Irving is the first Olympian to contract the Zika virus. So, the International Olympic Committee has yet to release a statement regarding the state of Irving’s condition. 

The Zika Virus which normally display little to no symptoms is a dangerous virus that is spread through insect bites. The virus can lead to paralysis and in pregnant women it may cause subsequent birth defects, affecting the baby’s brain development.