US star Franklin unfazed by Zika threat


LOS ANGELES: United States swimming star Missy Franklin on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) shrugged off the possible threat posed by the Zika virus to athletes at August’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as team officials outlined precautions to protect competitors. Franklin, one of the stars of the 2012 London Olympics, said she was unfazed by the series of headlines emerging from Brazil in recent months, which has seen 1.5 million cases of the Zika virus since 2015. The virus has been linked to a rise in microcephaly, in which an infected mother’s baby is born with an abnormally small head as well as the neurological disorder Guillain-Barre Syndrome.



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