INTERNATIONAL: Brazil urged to delay Olympics over Zik V

By Boston Herald
FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, a health workers stands in the Sambadrome spraying insecticide to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the Zika virus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Sambadrome will be used for the Archery competition during the 2016 summer games. With the opening ceremony less than three months away, a Canadian professor has called for the Rio Olympics to be postponed or moved because of the Zika outbreak, warning the influx of visitors to Brazil will result in the avoidable birth of malformed babies. The IOC and World Health Organization disagree, saying Zika will not derail the games.   (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

FILE – In this Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, a health workers stands in the Sambadrome spraying insecticide to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the Zika virus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Sambadrome will be used for the Archery competition during the 2016 summer games. With the opening ceremony less than three months away, a Canadian professor has called for the Rio Olympics to be postponed or moved because of the Zika outbreak, warning the influx of visitors to Brazil will result in the avoidable birth of malformed babies. The IOC and World Health Organization disagree, saying Zika will not derail the games. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

BOSTON HERALD – A growing chorus of voices is calling for Brazil to postpone the Summer Olympics and advising tourists to stay home as the country’s political system remains in turmoil and the outbreak of the Zika virus shows no signs of letting up.

In an article published in the Harvard Review of Public Health this week, Amir Attaran, a medicine and law professor at the University of Ottawa, argued holding the Rio Olympics as planned is far too risky, and said the games should either be postponed or moved.

“Zika is more dangerous and more widespread — and in particular the situation in Rio — than anyone imagined,” Attaran said. “This is the Olympic Committee being greedy and putting its billions of dollars ahead of these children’s birth defects.”

The Zika virus has continued to spread in Brazil, and has been shown to cause birth defects, including babies born with abnormally small heads and brain damage.

Cases have also been emerging in the United States and Massachusetts health officials yesterday said there have been 10 confirmed cases of Zika in the state, although all arrived from elsewhere and none appears to have been transmitted here. Officials are advising people, especially women who are or may become pregnant soon, to avoid traveling to tropical areas hit hardest by Zika.

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2 comments

  1. You would think World health Organisation and all the other pandemic and epidemic organizations would have voiced their concerns about this issue months ago..

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