WHO committee states safe of Zika spread at Rio Olympic games
GENEVA – There’s a “really low risk” from the Zika virus distributing further worldwide because of the Olympics in South america, the planet Health Organization’s emergency committee around the disease stated Tuesday.
World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Director from the Outbreak and Health Emergencies Cluster Bruce Aylward gestures throughout a press conference on June 14, 2016 in Geneva concerning the Zika virus outbreak
The statement came as worry mounted the bug-borne virus, that has spread across a lot of South America and be responsible for severe birth defects in infants, might spread further once the Olympic games come from August.
“The Committee figured there’s a really safe of further worldwide spread of Zika virus because of the Olympic and Paralympic Games as South america is going to be hosting the Games throughout the Brazilian winter,” the WHO stated.
The worldwide health agency described the concentration of the transmission of infections like dengue and Zika “is going to be minimal”.
Brazilian government bodies are “intensifying vector-control measures around the venues for that Games that ought to further prevent transmission,” the WHO stated.
“Tthere shouldn’t be general limitations on travel and do business with countries, areas and/or territories with Zika virus transmission.”
The committee however stated South america should make certain it boosts its control measures in metropolitan areas in which the Games is going to be held.
In South america, some 1.5 million individuals have been have contracted herpes, and nearly 1,300 babies happen to be born with microcephaly — abnormally small heads and brains — because the outbreak of Zika started there this past year.
Herpes, which often causes only mild, flu-like signs and symptoms, may also trigger adult-onset nerve problems for example Guillain-Barre Syndrome, that may cause paralysis and dying.
Within an added complication, there’s limited, but growing evidence that Zika could be transmitted sexually.
There’s no vaccine for Zika.