WHO official: Zika won't ruin Olympics

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A top official with the World Health Organization says the Zika virus will not ruin the Olympic Games in Brazil this summer. (WPVI)

A top official with the World Health Organization says the Zika virus will not ruin the Olympic Games in Brazil this summer.

In fact, he says Brazil will host a "fantastic Olympics."

That official, Dr. Bruce Aylward, is in charge of the Zika response team.

He says the mosquito-borne virus will be "way down" by the time the games begin for two reasons.

One, it will be Brazil's winter so the number of mosquitoes will go down. And two, he says the venues are in confined areas so it will be easier to control the mosquito population.

He also expects many Brazilians to have developed some immunity by then.

The country has already recorded more than 1 million suspected cases of the virus.

The concern is whether it leads to a serious birth defect in babies born to women exposed when pregnant.
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