A Major League baseball player has just been confirmed to be infected with the heavily spreading Zika virus, a mosquito-borne virus linked to severe birth defects and possible neurological problems in adults.
Detroit Tigers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez says he contracted the Zika Virus during the offseason in his home country of Venezuela. He has now begun advising Olympic athletes to educate themselves on the dangers of the virus before heading to Rio de Janeiro.
“If [the athletes] have plans to have kids in the future, you’ve got to think about it,” said Rodriguez in regards to the possibility of participants skipping the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
Rodriguez says he was bedridden for two weeks with head and body aches, sore joints and other symptoms. He claims it felt like he had a cold at first, but then symptoms worsened. “It wasn’t a cold, trust me,” he further told ESPN. “It wasn’t a cold. A cold you have a sneeze, have a headache, take a couple Tylenol, and you’re done. You don’t have a cold for two weeks, you don’t have a bodyache for two weeks, you don’t have headaches, throwing up, weaknesses for two weeks.”
His tested bloodworm confirmed it was the Zika virus. It took two months until Rodriguez felt normal again.
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