International health concerns for Zika virus in Olympic Games host City

FILE - This 2006 file photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes aegypti mosquito in the process of acquiring a blood meal from a human host. The The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, announced new guidance for doctors whose pregnant patients may have traveled to regions with a tropical illness linked to birth defects. Officials say doctors should ask pregnant women about their travel and certain symptoms, and, if warranted, test them for an infection with the Zika virus. The virus is spread through mosquito bites. (James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP, File)

(WLNS) – 150 doctors and researchers from across the globe are asking Olympic officials to delay the games in Rio De Janiero, for fear of a spread of the Zika virus.

The letter is addressed to the World Health Organization, stating that the city is the second most affected city in Brazil and could put more than half a million foreign tourists at risk.

WHO responded with a statement saying: “Based on current assessment, cancelling or changing the location of the 2016 Olympics will not significantly alter the international spread of Zika virus. The best way to reduce risk is to follow public health travel advice”.

The CDC declared an international public health emergency back in February and placed Rio De Janeiro under travel notice.

The games are set to start August 5.

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