Report: MLB close to canceling Marlins vs. Pirates series over Zika concerns

With the very real threat of the Zika virus looming over the series in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins are thinking of calling off the event all together. The mosquito-transmitted virus is not to be taken lightly, as it has already claimed the life of one in the US Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Scouts coming to look at potential baseball prospects this week were spraying themselves with mosquito repellent that contained an astounding 30 percent DEET in order to protect themselves against the deadly virus.

According to a statement from Yahoo Sports, multiple sources claimed that the series was on the brink of cancellation.

The Pirates and Marlins are now pushing for the games to be moved to Miami, FL as opposed to San Juan. Many are nervous that this may cause tension between the MLB and Puerto Rico, a nation who was recently been struggling with economic and health issues in addition to the Zika outbreak.

Though the risk of contracting the virus is a large one according to the CDC, a good couple of baseball games could be just what the citizens of the island need lift their spirits.

According to experts on the disease, Zika is expected to enter the US this Summer, and will likely hit Florida where the Marlins already play at home. Could there be cancellations in the states due to the virus?

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