May 28, 2016
By Bob Sheppard
In spite of pressure from 150 health experts to cancel or postpone the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this summer because of the Zika virus, the World Health Organization says it isn’t necessary.
An open letter signed by the health experts urges the cancellation or relocation of the games. They say recent scientific evidence concludes that the virus causes severe birth defects, and that crowds visiting Rio could speed up the spread of Zika around the world as they return home.
But the W-H-O claims there would be no significant slowdown in the spread of the virus if the games were cancelled or moved.