Activists in Berlin stage picket condemning Obama’s foreign policyWorld January 19, 21:17
Russian regulator promises to respond to any US restrictions of RT channelRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 19, 21:09
FIFA: Over 82,400 ticket requests applied globally for 2017 Confederations Cup in RussiaSport January 19, 20:17
Russia stands for developing legal tool to fight cyber hooliganismRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 19, 20:00
Russia is developing advanced hypersonic weapons — ministryMilitary & Defense January 19, 19:50
Former USSR leader receives Lithuanian court’s summons as witness in case over 1991 eventsWorld January 19, 19:29
FIDE chief says he plans to seek US entry after President-elect Trump’s inaugurationSport January 19, 18:56
Russian economy minister: Results of 2016 demonstrated adjustment to cheap oil, sanctionsBusiness & Economy January 19, 18:44
Russia ready to welcome Trump at economic forum in St. Petersburg — first deputy PMBusiness & Economy January 19, 18:29
MOSCOW, February 2. /TASS/. Special demarcation zones may be established in Brazil in order to protect athletes competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio from catching Zika fever virus raging in the country, an aide to the Russian prime minister said on Tuesday.
"So-called demarcation zones can be created around accommodation centers and competition venues," said Gennady Onishchenko, Russia’s former chief sanitary doctor. "Mosquitos have flight ranges of up to three kilometers, therefore, all their habitats should be disinfected to ensure safety."
He said protecting athletes from Zika virus is easier than tourists as they live in isolated Olympic villages during the Games.
Zika virus was first isolated in 1947 in the Zika Forest of Uganda in East Africa.
Zika outbreaks were recently registered in Asia, Africa, South and North Americas, and in the Pacific region. In the western hemisphere, the disease spreads very quickly, the virus has penetrated 21 of 55 countries, though last May the infected were registered in Brazil only.
The virus, transmitted by mosquitos, causes high temperature, pink eye, headaches and malaise, joint pains, sometimes nausea and stomach pains.
The virus, which has no preventative vaccine, often shows no signs of symptoms in adults but it can be extremely dangerous to unborn children. Thousands of women infected with Zika virus have given birth to babies affected by microcephaly and other defects.
The Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be held between August 5 and 21.