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Rio athletes get anti-mosquito soaps

Published:Wednesday | August 3, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Lisa Kong (second right), financial controller, Blue Power Group, presents a cheque to Grace-Marie Collymore (second left), Jamaica Olympic Association administrator, with onlookers (from left) Major Noel Dawes, Blue Power Group managing director; Vishu Tollan, chef de mission of the Jamaican Olympic team; and Martin Lyn, deputy chef de mission.

The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) was presented with mosquito-repellent soap for the country's athletes attending the XXXl Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The soaps and a cheque to assist with administrative costs were presented by Blue Power Group at the JOA headquarters recently.

The castile soap with citronella and pimento oil provides an added level of protection, along with the measures Brazil has already taken to reduce the threat from the mosquito-borne disease. The locally owned company makes a line of bathing and laundry soaps, including those formulated with citronella and pimento oils.

The mosquito-borne Zika virus appeared in Brazil in 2015 and has since spread across much of the Western Hemisphere.