Olympics: WHO says Zika low risk of spread ;
There is a “very low risk” of Zika virus is further spread internationally as a result of Olympic Games in Brazil, the emergency committee of the World Health Organization about the disease, said on Tuesday.
The statement was made by the concern that rides the mosquito-borne virus, which has spread across much of Latin America and that can lead to severe birth defects in babies could be extended especially when the games start in August.
“The Committee concluded that there is a very low risk of international spread of Zika virus as a result of the Olympic and Paralympic Brazil will host the Games during the Brazilian winter Games,” the WHO said.
The global health agency said the intensity of transmission of viruses such as dengue and Zika “will be minimal”.
Brazilian authorities are “intensifying vector control measures around the Games venues which should further reduce the risk of transmission,” WHO he said.
“There should be no general restrictions on travel and trade with countries, regions and / or territories with Zika virus transmission.”
The committee, however, said Brazil should ensure that increases their control measures in cities where the Games will be held.
In Brazil, some 1.5 million people have been infected with the virus, and about 1,300 babies are born with abnormally small heads-microcephaly and brains since the outbreak of Zika began there last year.
The virus, which usually causes only mild, flu, it can also cause neurological problems in adults, such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, which can cause paralysis and death symptoms.
In a further complication, is not limited, but growing evidence that Zika can be transmitted sexually.
There is no vaccine for Zika.
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