WHO Issues Statement On 2016 Olympics and Zika Virus
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Wed, 2016-06-01

The World Health Organization issued a public health statement in response to an open letter by international scientists, doctors, and medical ethicists urging for a call to postpone or move this summer’s Rio Olympic Games over the Zika outbreak. The letter cites the failure of a mosquito-eradication programme in Brazil, and the country's weakened health system as reasons to move the Olympics in "the name of public health.”  According to the WHO’s current assessment, however, cancelling or changing the location of the Olympics will not significantly alter the spread of the Zika virus; it notes that Brazil is 1 of 60 countries and territories that have reported transmission of the virus by mosquitoes, and that the best way to mitigate the risk is to follow public health travel advice.

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