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Zika and the Olympics - Should Insurers Still be Concerned? [Presentation]

August 01, 2016| Von Tim Eppert | Critical Illness, Disability | English

In the weeks leading up to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, a few athletes announced they would forgo the games for fear of contracting the Zika virus in Brazil. There’s a good chance athletes aren’t the only ones avoiding traveling to South America. While Zika presents with very minor symptoms that sometimes go unnoticed in adults, it can lead to microcephaly for infants born from mothers who have contracted it.

The further association with the rare but serious neurological condition Guillain-Barré syndrome raises concerns the virus may be significantly more harmful than has been suspected to date.

In addition to giving an update on Zika, I look at how insurers should respond to the threat of the virus.

For more on Zika, read Ross Campbell’s blog, “Zika Virus – A Public Health Emergency” and my article, “Zika Virus Outbreak – What Does It Mean for Insurers?

 

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