Zika

WHO emergency panel on Zika to meet next week, review Olympics guidance

  • The headquarters of the World Health Organization are pictured in Geneva

    The headquarters of the World Health Organization are pictured in Geneva  (Copyright Reuters 2016)

  • A Brazilian Army soldier shows pamphlets during the National Day of Mobilization Zika Zero in Rio de Janeiro

    A Brazilian Army soldier shows pamphlets during the National Day of Mobilization Zika Zero in Rio de Janeiro  (Copyright Reuters 2016)

  • A 4-month-old baby born with microcephaly is held by his mother in front of their house in Olinda

    A 4-month-old baby born with microcephaly is held by his mother in front of their house in Olinda  (Copyright Reuters 2016)

The World Health Organization's Emergency Committee on Zika will hold a regular meeting early next week to review its recommendations including regarding the Rio Olympics, a WHO spokesman said on Tuesday.

The independent experts, who last convened on March 8, will "look at evidence around the Olympics and most likely review the travel guidance around that," WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told a news briefing. The date will be announced shortly.

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Scientists are telling the United Nations health agency that the risk of global spread of the mosquito-borne virus is "not significantly higher" due to the Games that start on August 5, he added.