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June 3, 2016: Rio Olympics Will Not Be Postponed Because of the Mosquito-Transmitted Zika Virus

Doug Stanglin from USA Today reports that “The World Health Organization, which in February declared the spread of Zika in the Americas a global emergency, said Saturday there is “no public health justification” for postponing the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“The statement by the Geneva-based United Nations health agency comes one day after a group of doctors, scientists and bioethicists wrote a letter to the organization calling for the August 5-21 Games to be postponed or moved because of concerns of the spread of Zika.

“The organization recommended visitors to the Games use insect repellents and wear clothing that covers as much of the body as possible. It also recommended travelers practice safer sex, including the use of condoms, or abstain from sex during their stay in Brazil and for at least four weeks after their return because the virus can be transmitted through semen.”

Source: WKYC

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