The world health organization (who) surrendered in the face of international pressure and intends to revise the threat assessment zika virus. Dr. Margaret Chan, the head of this structure, considering the possibility of postponing the start date of the summer Olympic and Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro in light of this danger.
About it writes on Sunday, June 5, the British tabloid The Daily Mail.
This decision was made after more than two hundred scientists from around the world signed an open letter to Chan, in which he urged the Secretary-General of the who to cancel this sports festival.
«Among the signatories is Professor of medicine and law from the University of Ottawa Amir Attaran, which was branded by who as «arrogant and ignorant» organization is not able to give an adequate assessment of the pandemic threatens the world. Attaran claims that the who rejected the «wise, independent and transparent scientific evaluation, decided to follow the advice of the American Center for control and prevention (CDC), which does not see the need to cancel or postpone the opening of the Olympics.
Dr. Chan said that in light of these concerns, she asks members of the Emergency Committee on anti-virus Zeke to assess the level of risk at the Olympic games, scheduled for August of the current year taking into account seasonal phenomena and density of communications. Their opinion it promises to immediately publish on the website of the who,
Recall that the zika virus transmitted by mosquitoes of the genus Aedes. The researchers also suspect that the virus is sexually transmitted. The vaccine virus has not yet been developed. Means of prevention is the destruction of mosquito vectors of disease. On 1 February, the world health organization declared an emergency situation on a world scale, the rapid spread of the virus zika, which has led to thousands of cases of children born with microcephaly.