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Spieth looking forward to Rio Games despite Zika fears

Spieth looking forward to Rio Games despite Zika fears

There are a lot of sporting events here in the summer of 2016, as usual, but without a doubt what everyone is looking forward to is the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, which will be taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this coming August. Microcephaly is a birth defect marked by small head size that can cause severe developmental problems in babies.

In the previous two meetings the public health emergency was congenital malformations and other neurological disorders, but this time the committee agreed the evidence was strong enough to say the emergency also had Zika as part of it.

The connection between Zika and microcephaly first came to light last fall in Brazil, which has now confirmed more than 1,400 cases of microcephaly that it considers to be related to Zika infections in the mothers.

The WHO reaffirmed earlier advice against imposing any travel or trade restrictions on areas affected by the virus, which is spread by mosquitoes.

The WHO panel said that Brazil should "continue its work" to intensify mosquito-control measures, especially around Olympics venues, and "ensure the availability of sufficient insect repellent and condoms for athletes and visitors".

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Speaking after the committee's third meeting, he said: "The evidence clearly shows that Zika virus does travel internationally and it does set up change of transmission in areas where the mosquito vector is present".

Dr Heymann said: "It became clear that mass gatherings bring together substantial numbers of people who could be susceptible to infections, they therefore pose a risk to these individuals themselves".

The panel on research and development of products to combat Zika was "sobering", said Dr. Bruce Aylward, director of WHO's Outbreaks and Health Emergencies Cluster.

"The risk of holding the Olympic Games is lower than the risk of cancelling or postponing (them) due to the economic and political turmoil it would cause in Brazil", he said.

"The Olympic Games are not about politics, they are not about dividing people, they are about unifying people, unifying Brazilians to be great hosts".

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