WHO to conduct Zika examination at Rio Olympics
World Health Organization will conduct an examination into the risks of holding the Olympic Games in Brazil because of the Zika virus.
US Senator Jeanne Shaheen has asked WHO to examine whether the Rio Games could accelerate the mosquito-borne virus. He said the Olympics draw people from all over the globe. Shaheen has been a leading voice in the Senate calling for action to address the Zika virus.
“The Olympics draw people from all over the globe. It’s important we understand the health implications,” said Shaheen.
On Wednesday, Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy said his concerns about exposure to the virus had eased. American cyclist Tejay van Garderen, says he will not compete in Rio,as his wife is pregnant.
US PGA champion Vijay Singh and Australia’s Marc Leishman, professional golfers who have already made the back off official from the Rio Olympics because of wide spread worries relating to the virus, which is directly linked to brain defects in newborn babies.
WHO said: “The Emergency Committee is mandated to meet within three months of the last meeting.”
“The last meeting was 8 March and the June meeting is being planned. As with all Emergency Committees, this one will include reports from affected countries and deliberations about behaviour of arboviruses, the presence of vectors, the capacity of countries to reduce the spread of the disease, and patterns of human travel.
“The committee will consider the situation in Brazil including the Olympics.”
WHO reports will be brought to public soon