WHO and IOC reject call to postpone summer Olympic games in Rio
May 28, Rio: Despite calls from scientists and public health experts to move or postpone the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil over the Zika outbreak, The World Health Organization (WHO) has rejected the call as according to the organization this will not significantly alter the spread of the virus, which is linked to serious birth defects.
In an open letter to the WHO, over 100 leading scientists had said new findings have made it "unethical" for the Games to go ahead.
They had also asked the global health body should revisit its Zika guidance.
Meanwhile, The International Olympic Committee (IOC) too, has said that it sees no reason to delay or move the Games because of the mosquito-borne disease. The outbreak began in Brazil a year ago, but now more than 60 countries and territories have continuing transmission.
While Zika's symptoms are mild, in the letter the experts say it causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads and may also cause a rare and sometimes fatal neurological syndrome in adults.
The letter had been signed by 150 international scientists, doctors and medical ethicists from Oxford University and Harvard and Yale universities in the United States.
The Oslo Times