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WHO: No Zika threat to Olympics

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>> The summer Olympics should go ahead in Rio despite concerns over the Zika virus. That's the view of the World Heath Organization after leading scientists called for the games to be delayed. In a letter posted online, over a 100 health experts say the Zika threat is too high.
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They say it could put the thousands of tourists attending the event at risk, and that the games due to take place in Rio this August should be moved or postponed. But the WHO's rejected the call, saying the sporting event won't make any significant difference to the spread of the mosquito born virus.
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The UN health agency says it's only pregnant women who should stay away, as Zika's been shown to be behind the birth defect, microcephaly. Other visitors should protect against mosquito bites and practice safe sex, the WHO says. Last week, a leading US health official also said the Olympics should go ahead despite Zika fears.
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Dr. Tom Frieden of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the risk posed by the virus was limited.