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No Need To Delay, Relocate Olympics Because Of Zika, WHO Emergency Committee Says

Deutsche Welle: WHO: No need to delay Olympics over Zika
“The World Health Organization says there’s only a ‘very low risk’ of the Zika virus spreading due to the Olympics. Health officials say there is no need to delay the sporting event…” (6/14).

New York Times: WHO Says Olympics Should Go Ahead in Brazil Despite Zika Virus
“The Olympic Games should go on as planned, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, and athletes and spectators, except for pregnant women, should not hesitate to attend so long as they take precautions against infection with the Zika virus…” (McNeil/Tavernise, 6/14).

Reuters: WHO sees ‘very low’ risk of further Zika spread due to Olympics
“…The WHO’s Emergency Committee on Zika reaffirmed its previous advice that there should be ‘no general restrictions on travel and trade with countries, areas and/or territories’ with Zika transmission including cities in Brazil hosting the Olympics that start on Aug. 5, and with the Paralympic Games that follow in September…” (Nebehay/Steenhuysen, 6/14).

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency panel sees ‘very low’ risk of Zika spread from Olympics
“…The Emergency Committee concurred with the international scientific consensus, reached since it last met, that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré Syndrome, and, consequently, that Zika virus infection and its associated congenital and other neurological disorders is a public health emergency of international concern…” (6/14).

Wall Street Journal: Risk of Zika’s Spread by Olympics Is ‘Very Low,’ WHO Says
“…The WHO panel’s recommendations come as a disconnect has emerged between some scientists who believe the Games pose a health threat to athletes and visitors and will fuel further spread of the virus globally, and Olympic officials who say they are taking preventive measures and Zika cases are declining…” (McKay et al., 6/14).

Washington Post: WHO: Zika risk not high enough to postpone or move 2016 Olympics
“…[The WHO’s Bruce] Aylward said about 20 percent of the world lives in a Zika-affected region, and 30 percent of global travel already is ‘in and out of Zika-affected areas of the world.’ He said the proportion of travel affected by the Olympics, which is expected to draw up to 500,000 visitors, is ‘very marginal’…” (Sun, 6/14).

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