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MEDICAL: DISEASES: ZIKA VIRUS :

SPORTS: OLYMPICS: RIO 2016 :

MEDICAL: DISESASES :

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World Health Organization Chief Says Zika Risk Is Low at Rio Olympics

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World Health Organization Chief Says Zika Risk Is Low at Rio Olympics

by  Reuters

July 29, 2016, 5:32 AM EDT

Fortune

http://fortune.com/2016/07/29/who-chief-zika-risk-low-rio-olympics/

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The head of the world health body said shes going to the games.
The risk of Zika virus infections at the Olympic Games is both low and manageable, the chief of the World Health Organization said on Friday, a week before the event kicks off in Rio de Janeiro.

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Nearly half a million people are expected to visit for the Games, many from the United States. Worries about security, the Zika virus and an economic crisis could deter travelers, with just under a third of event tickets as yet unsold.

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Brazil has been hardest hit by the disease outbreak, and many physicians, competitors and potential visitors have expressed fears the Olympics could serve as a catalyst to spread the virus globally.

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We feel that the risk of Zika infection is low for an individual, and it is manageable, Margaret Chan, director general of the world health body, told reporters in the Chinese capital.

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As long as individuals take appropriate personal protective measures, including the use of a mosquito repellent, including wearing clothing that prevents mosquito bites, she added.

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The WHO assessment factored in the latest understanding of the disease and actions taken by Brazil, said Chan, adding that she would be going to the games in Rio de Janeiro.

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