WHO Zika panel does not heed call for delaying Olympics

There should be no travel ban to Brazil ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in response to the current Zika outbreak in Brazil, a medical expert committee advising the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

"The Committee concluded that there is a very low risk of further international spread of Zika virus as a result of the Olympic and Paralympic Games as Brazil will be hosting the Games during the Brazilian winter," when intensity of transmission through mosquitoes will be minimal, it says.

The recommendation countered an appeal by some 200 health experts who warned that the games should be postponed or relocated because the masses attending it could spread the virus abroad.

Last update: Tue, 14/06/2016 - 21:55

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