WHO advises pregnant women not to visit Rio De Janeiro

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View of a billboard created and set up by Brazilian advertising company NBS to attract and kill the Aedes aegypti mosquito, responsible for spreading the Zika and the Dengue virus, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 29 April 2016. The billboard reads 'This billboard kills hundreds of Zika mosquitoes everyday'.

Last week, a group of 150 doctors sent a letter to the World Health Organisation (WHO) saying that the Rio 2016 Games needs to be postponed or moved to another location. The Organisation rejected the call and other experts are saying that the Zika virus will not spread because of the Olympics.


The World Health Organisation (WHO) rejected the call of 150 doctors to postpone the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and stressed in a statement that “the best way to reduce risk of (Zika virus) disease is to follow public health travel advice.”

The WHO advised all pregnant women not to travel to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission. “This includes Rio de Janeiro” the statement stresses and adds that “pregnant women’s sex partners returning from areas with circulating virus should be counsell...


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