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Jim Harbaugh camp canceled over Zika virus concerns

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Jim Harbaugh works a camp in Pearl, Miss., on June 8.

Michigan’s satellite football camp tour was supposed to end in American Samoa on Thursday, but the “Jim Harbaugh Gridiron Camp” has been cancelled because of Zika virus fears.

Zika is drawing plenty of concern for Olympic athletes because of the widespread Zika concerns in Rio. The virus is spread primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito, and the virus also can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Sarah Harbaugh is pregnant with the couple’s fourth child.

While people rarely die of Zika, according to the CDC, a Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause birth defects.

John Raynar, communications director at the Republican Party of American Samoa, posted about the camp cancellation on his Facebook page:

“The Jim Harbaugh American Samoa Gridiron camp that was slated to happen on Thursday has been cancelled due to the fears of the Zika Virus. It was announced (in mid-June) that Harbaugh and his wife Sarah were expecting a baby. Sources say their (family’s) doctor advised them to skip American Samoa’s football camp as the Zika virus poses significant health risks to pregnant women.”

Harbaugh and staff had just been in Hawaii for two camps and were to conclude the satellite tour with a second stop in Samoa.