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Low Risk Of Zika Spreading In Most Countries Due To Olympic Games Travel, CDC Says; Colombia Sees Much Lower Numbers Of Zika-Related Fetal Deformities Than Brazil

Associated Press: Low risk in all but 4 countries of Olympics-related Zika
“The upcoming Olympic games are not likely to have a major impact on the spread of Zika virus, although four developing countries could face a substantially higher risk, according to a new government estimate…” (7/13).

Bloomberg: Finally, Some Good News for the Olympics: Zika Risk Not Elevated, CDC Says
“…Because travel for the Olympics represents less than 0.25 percent of total travel to Zika-affected countries, and because the Games’ August and September dates come during Brazil’s winter months, when mosquitoes are less prevalent, the Games themselves represent a very low additional risk for transmission, the CDC found…” (Shanker, 7/13).

Wall Street Journal: Global Zika Risk Is Low for Rio Olympics, CDC Says
“…The finding bolsters a conclusion reached by the World Health Organization last month that the Olympics, scheduled to get under way in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 5, need not be postponed due to Zika…” (McKay, 7/13).

Washington Post: Colombia offers the possibility that the Zika epidemic may not be as bad as feared
“In the nine months since the Zika virus appeared in Colombia, the government has reported nearly 100,000 cases, including more than 17,000 among pregnant women. But the epidemic has not produced the dreaded wave of fetal deformities witnessed in Brazil…” (Miroff, 7/13).

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