Elven Guard at the 12th Asia Pacific Congress in Maternal and Fetal Medicine 2016 in Penang
Bahrain Olympic Committee has signed up with Singapore company Amber Laboratories who will supply them with their insect repellent spray ‘Elven Guard’ which is considered the best protection against the Zika virus.
Bahrain is sending its biggest ever contingent – a 30-member squad – to the Olympic Games. Twenty-six Bahrainis have qualified for the Games meeting the Olympic criteria while four others have received wild cards.
Delegation manager Yousif Abdel Qader confirmed that necessary steps have been taken by BOC in cooperation with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to keep the athletes in a safe environment.
“There is no vaccination for the Zika virus up until today. The BOC have agreed a deal with Amber Laboratories as per which they will provide us with their best insect repellent spray,” said Abdel Qader.
American company SC Johnson’s are the official health sponsors of the Rio Games through their ‘OFF’ repellent spray.
Abdel Qader added that Zika was not the only threat they face in Rio as they also consider the yellow fever a huge risk.
“The Bahrain delegation will also be vaccinated for yellow fever as it is as much a threat as the Zika virus,” Abdel Qader added.
The Zika virus is spread by a particular type of mosquitos and is currently wide spread in most South American countries.
“The Singapore company have tested their product in laboratories in London and they will also be providing their sprays to three other teams in Rio,” he said.
Abdel Qader added that each person in the Bahrain delegation has received instructions on how to use the spray.
News quote from Endorsement in the Gulf News