Deshauna Barber won the Miss USA contest tonight, as the representative of the District of Columbia. Her other job, however, is a bit different. She’s not a model or an actress. She’s an officer in the United States Army.
Leprosy is a disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae. While long recognized in humans, infections in various species of animals are less well known and understood. The U.S. National Hansen’s Disease Program states “Armadillos are the only other known natural hosts of leprosy bacteria.” That may not be true.
The Harvard Public Health Review has published a piece titled “Off the Podium: Why Public Health Concerns for Global Spread of Zika Virus Means That Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympic Games Must Not Proceed.” The author is Amir Attaran, DPhil, LLB, MS. Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. I believe he is incorrect and the facts bolster that belief. The Rio Olympics should not be cancelled due to any risk from Zika.