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Gov’t has Zika plan for athletes

Gov’t has Zika plan for athletes

first_imgWhen it comes to the Zika virus, pregnant women are not the only persons the government is concerned about.    This summer Jamaica will send a strong contingent to the Olympic Games in Brazil where in 2015 there were just under 3000 cases of the virus that manifests in symptoms similar to yellow fever and dengue.  The virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The outbreak hit mostly the Brazilian northeast region, but cases have been reported as far south as Rio de Janeiro, where the Olympic Games will be held this coming August. Working on the assumption that Jamaica’s athletes do not contract the virus while training here in Jamaica, they would run the risk of contracting it while preparing to compete while in Brazil. This has become a concern for the government that is expecting another outstanding performance from its elite athletes in what will be Usain Bolt’s final Olympic campaign. As such they are taking steps to minimise the possibilities of the virus affecting the nation’s athletes. “We have been looking at it. It has occurred to us, we have been having discussions with the Ministry of Health,” said Minister Natalie Neita-Headley, who has responsibility for sport. “They (officials at the ministry of health) have been having planning sessions looking at sensitising our athletes.” “As much as can be done, we will seek to do it,” the sports minister said. About one in five people infected with the Zika virus become ill. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis. Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. If an athlete contracts the virus and it develops into full blown Zika just prior to competition, it will affect the athlete’s performance. In the meantime, track clubs here are doing what they can to protect the athletes but there are limitations. President of MVP Bruce James revealed that several athletes from his club contracted the Chikungunya virus last year as they prepared for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Like then, James said, the club had put protocols in place to minimise the impact of the virus but as was the case then, there is only so much they can do.last_img read more

USC basketball notes: Seattle sendoff for Stewart

USC basketball notes: Seattle sendoff for Stewart

first_imgFollowing an emotional farewell in his final game at Galen Center, senior Lodrick Stewart will get another sendoff this week in Washington. Stewart went to high school at Rainier Beach in Seattle. His father, son, girlfriend Sherrill Simmons and many other family members live in the area. He expects to have around fifty friends and family members at the Huskies game Thursday. “Going home brings a different player out of me,” Stewart said. “I want to get a win in front of my hometown crowd, especially being my last time playing there.” Stewart is 1-2 in Seattle with the Trojans. USC won there his freshman year but lost by 14 last season and 30 the year before. It will be the first game this season for his son Jaylin, who turned 2 earlier this month. “He watches all my games on TV,” Stewart said. “It’s funny, when he recognizes me on TV he runs and tries to grab the TV.” Cromwell on rebound: Against Stanford, RouSean Cromwell looked like the aggressive and tireless defender with quick reflexes who made an impact at USC as a freshman. He had just two points, three rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes, but Cromwell’s defense on the 7-foot-tall Lopez twins was key in the Trojans’ 69-65 victory. The 6-foot-11 sophomore forward finally is getting back to the way he played before two serious injuries set him back. Cromwell fractured his foot in the middle of last season and had to miss 15 games when he stepped on a loose ball during warm-ups. He came back for the final five games, but then needed to have knee surgery during the offseason to clean out debris. “Sitting out as long as I did, I was a little reluctant to move that hard,” Cromwell said. “Compare the Stanford game to the beginning of the season, I’m putting a lot more pressure on my legs and my movements are a lot quicker.” Cromwell still has a screw in his right foot that sometimes hurts during cold temperatures. “I would love to go back in time and not had these injuries but they are a part of me now,” Cromwell said. Lewis mending: Dwight Lewis said his right wrist has bothered him throughout Pac-10 play and was the reason he sat out practice Friday. The freshman guard said he doesn’t remember the exact nonconference game that he sprained the wrist on a fall. “I landed on the wrist and it’s never been right since,” Lewis said. After only playing three minutes against Stanford because the Trojans went big to match up with the Lopez twins and then skipping practice Friday, he came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points Saturday against Cal. “It’s more my wrist feels better,” Lewis said. “It’s been bothering me for a while, but it’s getting better and better every day now.” matthew.kredell@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more