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Brazil: Zika virus won't affect Rio 2016, says Olympic Committee medical director01:28

Brazil: Zika virus won't affect Rio 2016, says Olympic Committee medical director

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
February 2, 2016 at 21:08 GMT +00:00 · Published

The medical director of the Brazilian Olympic Committee made clear that the Zika virus would not affect the Rio 2016 Olympic Games while speaking from the Olympic Committee headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday.

Commenting on the virus, Dr. Joao Alves Grangeiro Neto said: "So, we have the Zika virus infestation during the summertime. We are not expecting to have the outbreak of the Zika virus in the games [Rio Olympic Games 2016] time because it's our wintertime and we are not expecting to have such a rainy season at that time."

"The most important advice is that there is no danger for the health of the people to come here during the games time. Zika virus is a very benign infection and the complications of the Zika virus infection is very low," he added.

Earlier on Tuesday, the director for maternal, child and adolescent health at the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that the potential spread of the Zika virus was "a matter of public health concern and constitutes an international emergency" while speaking at a press conference in Geneva.

At present, there is no vaccine or medication to treat Zika. The only way to prevent catching it is by avoiding the Aedes mosquitoes that transmit the infection. The virus has spread across more than 20 countries, mostly in the Americas. Brazil has reported as many as 4,000 cases since October.

Brazil: Zika virus won't affect Rio 2016, says Olympic Committee medical director01:28
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The medical director of the Brazilian Olympic Committee made clear that the Zika virus would not affect the Rio 2016 Olympic Games while speaking from the Olympic Committee headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Tuesday.

Commenting on the virus, Dr. Joao Alves Grangeiro Neto said: "So, we have the Zika virus infestation during the summertime. We are not expecting to have the outbreak of the Zika virus in the games [Rio Olympic Games 2016] time because it's our wintertime and we are not expecting to have such a rainy season at that time."

"The most important advice is that there is no danger for the health of the people to come here during the games time. Zika virus is a very benign infection and the complications of the Zika virus infection is very low," he added.

Earlier on Tuesday, the director for maternal, child and adolescent health at the World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that the potential spread of the Zika virus was "a matter of public health concern and constitutes an international emergency" while speaking at a press conference in Geneva.

At present, there is no vaccine or medication to treat Zika. The only way to prevent catching it is by avoiding the Aedes mosquitoes that transmit the infection. The virus has spread across more than 20 countries, mostly in the Americas. Brazil has reported as many as 4,000 cases since October.

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