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Brazil say Rio Olympics will not be cancelled due to Zika virus outbreak

Brazil say there is no chance that the Rio Olympics will be cancelled because of a Zika virus outbreak.
The authorities said there was no risk to athletes and spectators except pregnant women at the August event.
Experts are worried that the mosquito-borne virus in Latin America is spreading far and fast, with devastating consequences.
Earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned a disease linked to Zika posed a global public health emergency requiring a united response.
The infection has been linked to cases in which babies are born with underdeveloped brains.
President Rousseff earlier authorized health and sanitary inspectors to use force if necessary to gain access to private buildings, as part of the government’s efforts to eradicate breeding grounds for mosquito’s especially stagnant waters.
Inspectors are now able to call in the police if necessary, and more than 200,000 troops have been deployed to make such inspections.
The Brazilian health ministry says about 25% of the country’s 49 million homes have so far been inspected.
Meanwhile, WHO Director General Margaret Chan called Zika an “extraordinary event” that needed a coordinated response.
The WHO alert puts Zika in the same category of concern as Ebola. It means research and aid will be fast-tracked to tackle the infection.
There have been around 4,000 reported cases in Brazil since October.
The WHO faced heavy criticism for waiting too long to declare the Ebola outbreak a public emergency.



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