Mosquito-proof uniforms for golfers in Rio

Park Sae-jin Reporter() | Posted : July 4, 2016, 17:10 | Updated : July 4, 2016, 18:02

[Aju News DB]

South Korean archers and golfers will wear special uniforms to keep mosquitoes away during their competition in the upcoming summer Olympics in Brazil, a uniform maker said Monday.

Kolon Fashion Material said the uniforms would be made of its "MOS-LOCK" fabric coated with natural mosquito repellent extracted from eucalyptus leaves.

Rio de Janeiro is one of the world's most Zika infested areas. Some golfers including Irish golf star Rory McIlroy have refused to visit Brazil, citing concern about the Zika virus.

Zika is the known cause of microcephaly, a birth defect, and infected babies are born with unusually small heads and brain damage. Some athletes waiting for marriage or a baby have been pulling out of the Rio Olympics.

In February, the World Health Organization urged pregnant women to consider delaying or changing travel plans to affected countries. Olympic organizers, however, have insisted that only one or two visitors could contract the virus during their stay in Rio.

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