WHO, IOC Do Not Recommend Delaying, Canceling Rio Olympics Despite Warning From Public Health Expert

BBC News: Olympics 2016: IOC insists Games will go ahead despite Zika
“The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said that it sees no need to cancel, delay, or move the Rio Olympic Games because of the Zika virus threat. However, IOC medical director Richard Budgett said that it would continue to monitor the situation closely…” (5/11).

CNN: Postpone or move Olympics to prevent Zika ‘catastrophe,’ professor urges
“With the Zika outbreak widening in Brazil, a leading Canadian public health professor says the summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro should be postponed or moved to prevent ‘a foreseeable global catastrophe’ resulting in the deaths of adults and in babies born with malformed heads…” (Drash, 5/12).

The Guardian: Zika virus makes Rio Olympics a threat in Brazil and abroad, health expert says
“…Speaking to The Guardian on Thursday, Attaran described the idea of going ahead with the games as both ‘indescribably foolish’ and ‘monstrously unethical.’ The potential risks to visitors range from brain-damaged children to death in rare instances, he added. ‘Is this what the Olympics stand for?’…” (Kassam, 5/12).

New York Times: WHO’s Zika Guidelines Don’t Include Delaying Olympics
“The World Health Organization on Thursday urged athletes and travelers planning to attend the Olympics in Brazil, the epicenter of the Zika epidemic, to take a series of steps to guard against infection, but the agency made it clear that it was not calling for the Summer Games in August to be canceled or postponed…” (Belluck, 5/12).

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