The World Health Organization, WHO, has announced that it will conduct an examination into the risks of holding the Olympic Games in Brazil due to the threat of Zika virus.

This is based on a request made by United States Senator, Jeanne Shaheen, who asked the United Nations Agency to examine whether the Rio Games could accelerate the mosquito-borne virus.

He said: “The Olympics draw people from all over the globe. It’s important we understand the health implications.”

In April several top golfers announced their withdrawal from the 2016 Olympics which is to start on the 5th of August.

It has been long contemplated whether the Olympics in Rio would put the whole world at risk of the Zika virus.

Despite reservations already expressed about the games holding in Rio, planners of think otherwise.

According to a statement on the official Olympic website, “athletes will enjoy world-class facilities, including a superb village in a compact layout for maximum convenience.”

WHO said: “The Emergency Committee is mandated to meet within three months of the last meeting. The last meeting was 8 March and the June meeting is being planned.

“As with all Emergency Committees, this one will include reports from affected countries and deliberations about behaviour of arboviruses, the presence of vectors, the capacity of countries to reduce the spread of the disease, and patterns of human travel.

“The committee will consider the situation in Brazil including the Olympics.”

WHO stated that their report will be made public.

Author: Ope Adedeji