Soccer Stadium Fumigated Over Zika Virus Concerns

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An entire soccer stadium in Peru was fumigated Wednesday in a bid to stymie the spread of the Zika virus.

Brazil is currently the country thought to be the most seriously affected by the virus, according to Reuters. And when a Brazilian soccer team landed in Peru to play in the Mansiche stadium, officials asked the squad’s doctor about the health of the players and even fumigated the arena, according to Reuters.

Peru dealt with its first case of the mosquito-borne illness, which is thought to cause serious deformations in babies, last week, according to a Reuters report.

Zika is rapidly spreading throughout the Western Hemisphere and was declared a “global health emergency” by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday. The virus could affect “up to 4 million people” in the Western Hemisphere and is present in 25 countries.

In the United States, the Zika virus has already been found in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. Within U.S. borders, Florida has been impacted, and Governor Rick Scott even declared a state of emergency in counties affected. New reports say the virus has also made its way to Washington, D.C. and Virginia.

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