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World number three golfer Jordan Spieth has pulled out of next month’s Olympics because of fears over the Zika virus. The American’s withdrawal deprives the Games in Rio of the sport’s top four players.
The World Health Organization has rebuffed a call from health experts to postpone or move the Rio Summer Olympics over the Zika Virus. Health experts had called for the games to be postponed.
Researchers have now discovered the structure of the Zika virus. This helps scientists better understand how it can damage fetuses in the womb. The discovery also raises hopes of a vaccine.
Five weeks after declaring a global health emergency because of the Zika virus the WHO’s first major evaluation says it is alarmed over the situation. It warns that the spread of the disease is expected to increase.
The UN’s health agency has warned of the limitations of spraying against dengue fever. The WHO suggested the Zika virus may be similarly resistant.