WHO rejects call to move Olympics due to Zika fears

More than 150 scientists on Friday called for the cancellation or delay of the Olympic Games, saying the risk of infection from the Zika virus is too high.

The scientists, many of them bioethicists, signed an open letter to WHO director-general Margaret Chan.

The letter urged that the Games, due to be held in Rio de Janeiro in August, be moved to another location or delayed.

In response, WHO said on Saturday that based on the current assessment of Zika virus, there is no public health justification for postponing or cancelling the games.

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