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Published on : Saturday, May 28, 2016
Hundreds of medical experts and scientists have demanded to postpone or move Rio Olympic Games, in order to prevent spread of Zika. On Friday 27th May’16, experts concluded that it would be way too risky to conduct the games in this high risk zone. The Olympics might speed up the process of spreading the dangerously infectious virus Zika, around the globe.
Some of the experts including Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, assessed that there is no need to cancel the games as long as the necessary precautions are taken to prevent Zika.
The group of 150 public health experts, mostly bioethicists, sent a letter to director-general of WHO, Dr. Margaret Chan, urging to postpone the date of the Rio Olympics, which was about to be held in August. They also suggested moving the Olympics to another location.
Dr Chan wrote in the official website of Rio Olympics, “An unnecessary risk is posed when 500,000 foreign tourists from all countries attend the Games, potentially acquire that strain, and return home to places where it can become endemic.”
The letter state, “The Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before. Available evidence indicates that for games participants, risk of exposure to Zika virus and subsequent adverse health outcomes will be low.”
Prof. Arthur Caplan, director of the division of medical ethics at New York University School of Medicine informed, “I believe in informed consent. Let’s have an independent set of scientists look at this and let everyone hear the arguments.”
The final decision is yet to be taken regarding the Olympics. Tourists might have to wait a little more, in order to visit the phenomenal Rio.