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Scares Of Zika Virus Cancels Game In Puerto Rico


The Zika virus is the newest, most deadly disease in the Southern hemisphere.  Recently, it has been making it’s way up to the island of Puerto Rico and the MLB has cancelled the match-up between the Pirates and the Marlins in Puerto Rico to ensure safety to it’s players.

What is the Zika virus?

The Zika virus is a disease spread through mosquito bites or through sexual intercourse.  Zika can cause fevers, rashes, red eyes and joint pain in it’s victim.  The most deadly side effect of the Zika virus is that it causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads.  Doctors have yet to find a cure for this disease, which obviously sparks fear into some of the players.  The Player’s union has to look out for their own, and that is just what they have done.  The CDC has spoken about some of the risks of going down to Puerto Rico, and clearly it is not a good option for some of the athletes if they are trying to start a family.

It is completely understandable that player’s do not want to put themselves at risk.  “You trust the process that the union and the league is going to do what’s best for everyone and make sure they take care of everyone,” said Don Mattingly before his Marlins game on Friday.  Even though people want to see a Major League Baseball game in Puerto Rico, it is just too risky for the players.