Zika virus causes Bon Jovi tour to be called off

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ticket prices to Bon Jovi’s show were nearly as high as a house in the band’s native New Jersey Bon Jovi have cancelled a show in Miami after…

Zika virus causes Bon Jovi tour to be called off

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ticket prices to Bon Jovi’s show were nearly as high as a house in the band’s native New Jersey

Bon Jovi have cancelled a show in Miami after their concert official was informed that a security guard has tested positive for the mosquito-borne disease, Zika.

The band’s show at Hard Rock Stadium is the latest of many to be cancelled because of the virus.

The name of the security guard has not been revealed. However, others at the concert provided an insight into its possible symptoms.

“You see a very distinctive rash after biting a mosquito,” one concertgoer said, while another spectator added: “I can see just how horrid it is.”

More than 100,000 people have already been infected with the Zika virus, with 2,870 of them in Florida.

Image copyright AFP Image caption Rio Ferdinand has experienced the Zika virus first hand. The British footballer was with his wife Rebecca in Mexico during the summer. The couple had a daughter, Tate, last year

One expert says both the US and UK should put in place a policy to ensure all pregnant women are vaccinated against the disease.

“I think that’s the simplest and most desirable way of stopping this,” Dr Charles Crozier of the University of Cape Town in South Africa told BBC World Service.

Dr Crozier’s view is echoed by Nick Hughes, director of the Know4Zika campaign which runs public health initiatives for Brazil.

He says many people already know to avoid local mosquito populations.

So why are they not making greater efforts to vaccinate those who are pregnant?

“The thing is that there hasn’t been enough evidence linking Zika virus and microcephaly in the last two years,” Mr Hughes told BBC World Service.

A very small number of people can suffer the neurological disorder, which causes the birth defect microcephaly, which is equated to small head size.

Dr Crozier says up to a tenth of pregnant women who are exposed to Zika could have a miscarriage or birth defects.

Some airlines in Brazil suspended their flights to southern hemisphere summer holiday destinations such as Rio de Janeiro and Belize earlier this year as the Zika threat increased.

First lady Melania Trump, whose husband Donald Trump has been criticised for failing to mention the Zika virus during his presidential campaign, promised in 2015 to try to prevent the mosquito-borne disease in the US.

Zika has also been reported in America, at a lab level, by the World Health Organisation.

The organisation says the US Department of Defence is working with state and local agencies to “control the mosquito population”.

USA Today has reported that one of the most effective ways of reducing the mosquito population is to remove standing water in and around homes.

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