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NIH To Fund Study Of Zika Among U.S. Olympic Athletes, Staff

The Hill: NIH to study Zika in Olympic athletes
“U.S. researchers are launching a study of hundreds of American Olympic athletes and staffers this summer to learn more about the effects of the Zika virus, which has plagued South America…” (Ferris, 7/5).

Reuters: U.S. to fund Zika virus study of U.S. Olympic team
“…The study, announced on Tuesday, seeks to determine the incidence of Zika virus infection, identify potential risk factors for infection, evaluate how long the virus remains in bodily fluids, and study reproductive outcomes of Zika-infected participants…” (Berkrot, 7/5).

USA TODAY: Study on Zika exposure seeks to include some athletes, USOC staff
“Researchers will monitor Zika virus exposure in a group of athletes, coaches, and U.S. Olympic Committee staff at the Rio Olympics thanks to a grant from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Carrie L. Byington, who also chairs the USOC’s infectious disease advisory group, will lead a team examining how long the virus remains in the body and identifying factors that affect the infection…” (Axon, 7/5).

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