We’re less than three months away from the start of the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Now one public health expert is calling for the games to be postponed or moved because of the Zika virus. In a Harvard Public Health Review article published this week, Dr. Amir Attaran issued a major warning. He says the influx of visitors to Brazil could turn the Zika virus into a “full blown health disaster.” Dr. Attaran said, “But for the games, would anyone recommend sending an extra half a million visitors into Brazil right now?” In February, the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus epidemic to be a global health emergency. Brazil is by far the country most affected by Zika. But the International Olympic Committee, which follows the WHO’s advice, says it has no plans to relocate or postpone the games. Dr. Attaran is an outspoken critic of the WHO. In a telephone interview with the AP he said, “If the IOC and the World Health Organization do not have the generosity of heart to delay the games to prevent children being born and disabled their whole lives, then they’re among the cruelest institutions in the world.” What do you think? Should the Summer Olympics be postponed or moved because of the threat of the Zika virus?

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