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  • IOC moves to ease concerns surrounding Zika virus

    Special to Yahoo! Canada Sports at Eh Game16 hrs ago

    By Kaitlyn McGrath

    With the Rio Olympics just six months away, fears about the Zika outbreak have been spreading through the international sport community as they prepare for the Games taking place Aug. 5-21 in Brazil.

    In an on Thursday, the International Olympic Committee medical director said, “Everything is being done to contain and reduce this problem in the lead-up to the Games.”

    Zika, a mosquito-borne virus, has been spreading across South America, and in Brazil in particular. On Feb. 1, the World Health Organization declared it an international health emergency. The virus has been linked to the birth defect known as microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads and could lead to developmental issues.

    While the Olympics remain months away, several high-profile athletes and national governing bodies have raised concerns about the risk Zika poses. On Friday, IOC president there is “no intention” for any country to pull out of the Games.

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