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Top aide to Brazil president says Zika a minimal threat for Olympics

Tuesday, February 02, 2016 - 00:56

Brazilian President Rousseff's Chief of Staff says the Zika virus does not pose a serious threat for would-be visitors to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Katie Sargent reports.

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With six months to go before the start of the summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is offering assurances that the Zika virus will not pose a serious threat. President Dilma Rousseff met with government ministers and lawmakers Monday to discuss the Zika epidemic. Her chief of staff, Jacques Wagner says it would pose a minimal risk to athletes and most visitors planning to attend the games -- unless they are pregnant. Brazil is believed to be the country hardest hit by Zika. The mosquito-borne virus has been linked by local experts to thousands of cases of microencephaly -- a birth defect that causes abnormally small heads and other problems. Wagner said for most people symptoms include a mild fever and rash -- and many people feel no symptoms at all. But he said the outbreak is a serious public health issue and the government would be racing to contain the virus with or without the Olympics.

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Top aide to Brazil president says Zika a minimal threat for Olympics

Tuesday, February 02, 2016 - 00:56