IOC issues Zika advisory warning

29 January 2016

IOC: The IOC will issue an advisory note this week following the outbreak of the Zika virus which is spreading rapidly across South America just six months before the Rio Games get underway in August.

IOC President Thomas Bach says guidelines will be sent to National Olympic Committees "today or tomorrow at the latest" as Rio prepares to host the world's biggest sporting event and the first Olympics on South American soil.

Bach told reporters during a visit to the Greek capital they'll do everything to ensure the health of athletes and all visitors.

The WHO warned on Thursday that the mosquito-borne disease, linked to birth defects in thousands of babies, was spreading "explosively" and could affect as many as four million people in the Americas.

AAP

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