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May 12, 2016: Harvard Scientist Shares Concerns About Zika and The 2016 Olympics

Harry Cockburn reports this morning that “The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro could spark a ‘full-blown public health disaster’, doctors have warned.

“The continued presence of the virus ahead of the summer Olympics has caused athletes and health specialists to question the risks involved in allowing the Games to go ahead with hundreds of thousands of spectators travelling to the city.

“Writing in the Harvard Public Health Review, Dr. Amir Attaran said the Games could speed up the spread of the virus, and suggested the Games could be hosted by another city in Brazil where the illness is less of a threat. He said: ‘While Brazil’s Zika inevitably will spread globally, given enough time – viruses always do – it helps nobody to speed that up.’

“In particular, it cannot possibly help when an estimated 500,000 foreign tourists flock into Rio for the Games, potentially becoming infected, and returning to their homes where both local Aedes mosquitoes and sexual transmission can establish new outbreaks.

Source: The Independent, United Kingdom

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