Detroit Tigers Closer Francisco Rodriguez Says He Contracted Zika Virus During Offseason


An outbreak of the Zika virus has had devastating consequences for many people in South America and around the world. Just ask Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez, who battled the mosquito-borne disease this past offseason.

Rodriguez contracted the virus in his native Venezuela, and he told just how serious the illness can be. The 34-year-old said he was confined to his bed for two weeks with joint pain, head and body aches and a host of other symptoms.

“It wasn’t a cold. A cold you have a sneeze, have a headache, take a couple Tylenol, and you’re done,” Rodriguez said. “You don’t have a cold for two weeks, you don’t have a bodyache for two weeks, you don’t have headaches, throwing up, weaknesses for two weeks.”

Rising concerns about the Zika virus are tempting athletes, and even entire countries, to skip the Rio Olympics despite organizer assurances that all measures will be taken to avoid any health issues. U.S. soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo and Spanish basketball star Pau Gasol are some of the high-profile athletes who have voiced their concerns.

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SOURCE: Sporting News, Joe Rodgers