Doctors: Postpone or Move Rio Olympics Due To Zika Vrus, ‘Unethical To Run The Risk’
By Wayne Drash, CNN // May 28, 2016
Olympics Slated For August 5-21
ABOVE VIDEO: CNN’s Ivan Watson reports on why Brazil’s Zika outbreak has caused more than 100 prominent doctors and professors to call for the Olympics to be postponed or moved. (CNN Video)
(CNN) – The summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro should be postponed or moved “in the name of public health” due to the widening Zika outbreak in Brazil, more than 100 prominent doctors and professors said Friday in an open letter to the World Health Organization.
“We make this call despite the widespread fatalism that the Rio 2016 Games are inevitable or ‘too big to fail,’ ” the writers said in the letter addressed to WHO Director-General Margaret Chan.
“Our greater concern is for global health. The Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before.”