Claudia Codeço1,+, Daniel Villela1, Marcelo F Gomes1, Leonardo Bastos1, Oswaldo Cruz1, Claudio Struchiner1, Luis Max Carvalho1, Flavio Coelho2
1Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Programa de Computação Científica, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil
2Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil
Attaran and colleagues in an open letter to WHO expressed their concern about the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the threat posed by the Zika epidemic (Attaran 2016). We agree that Zika virus is of great public health concern and much remains to be known about this disease. Care should be taken to reduce the risk of infection, especially to pregnant women. However, we argue that this is not sufficient reason for changing the original plans for the Games, in particular because of the time of the year when they will take place. The present article outlines several scientific results related to Zika and mosquito-borne infectious diseases dynamics that we believe ratify the current position of WHO in not endorsing the postponing or relocation of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games (WHO 2016).
Financial support: CNPq (fellowship 314164/2014-6).
Received 2 June 2016
Accepted 2 June 2016
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