WHO Expert Panel To Discuss Zika, Olympics Next Week; Studies, Brazil Sports Minister Downplay Risks

Reuters: WHO expert panel on Zika to meet next week, review Olympics guidance
“The World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee on Zika will meet early next week to consider new evidence and review its recommendations, including regarding the Rio Olympics, a WHO spokesman said on Tuesday…” (Nebehay, 6/7).

Reuters: New research finds low risk of Zika virus at Olympics
“New research attempting to calculate the risk of the Zika virus at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro may reassure organizers and many of the more than 500,000 athletes and fans expected to travel to the epicenter of the epidemic…” (Steenhuysen, 6/7).

Reuters: Brazil sports minister plays down Zika fears for Rio
“Brazil’s Sports Minister Leonardo Picciani expects there to be almost no cases of the Zika virus during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, adding that the country is prepared for the Games, despite health concerns and political instability…” (Shankar, 6/7).