Samantha Armytage could miss the Rio Olympics revealing she is concerned about contracting the Zika Virus.

Taking to Instagram, the Sunrise host shared that she was considering her options after talking to doctors about the impact it could have on any future pregnancies.

Like many female journos of a certain age contemplating Rio, Zika is a huge worry for me,” she wrote.

And it’s not like I’m running the 100 metres or even hosting the opening ceremony…. @sunriseon7 would simply be at Copacabana Beach the week BEFORE the Olympics start.”

She said she was forced to respond following newspaper headlines which made her out as “desperate”.

“I’m not ‘desperate’ in any area of my life, in fact I love my life… But if I was lucky enough to have a baby in the next few years, I would never forgive myself if something went wrong, that was totally avoidable,” she repsonded.

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“All doctors admit, they simply don’t know enough about Zika yet.”

A mosquito-borne disease, Zika Virus is believed to have already impacted 7,000 children in Rio.

It can cause birth defects including microcephaly, where children are born with shrunken heads and brain damage.

One Professor has already called for the games to be moved or postponed to avoid the threat and spread of the virus.

Read Samantha Armytage’s Full response: 

Me & the Rio Olympics; (😂😂 there’s a headline I never thought I’d write!)

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I’m just confirming today’s article that I am deciding whether or not I go with the @sunriseon7 team to Rio in August.

I haven’t actually made a decision yet, but, as leaking to newspapers should be an Olympic sport for some, it’s out there prematurely!

Like many female journos of a certain age contemplating Rio, Zika is a huge worry for me.

And it’s not like I’m running the 100 metres or even hosting the opening ceremony…. @sunriseon7 would simply be at Copacabana Beach the week BEFORE the Olympics start. By August 5, we’d be at home in our own beds!

I have offered to spend that week hosting the rest of the day’s news from our Sydney studio. And my bosses at 7 deserve a gold medal for being supportive of me.

I’m not ‘desperate’ in any area of my life, in fact I love my life… But if I was lucky enough to have a baby in the next few years, I would never forgive myself if something went wrong, that was totally avoidable.

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All doctors admit, they simply don’t know enough about Zika yet.

I consider myself to be very brave in the field (I hang from helicopters/jump from NZ canyons….) but I would NEVER put a (possible future) child of mine, at any risk.

I love sharing my personal fears with you all (NOT!!!! Bloody hell 😂😂😂) …. but sometimes it’s better to put things on the record than to have people chatting. Now I’m going out to lunch! Happy Sunday to you all, Sam xxx

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