Expert Warns Olympics Should Not Go on to Avoid Zika ‘Health Disaster’

Report calls for postponing, relocating or canceling 2016 Brazilian event.

— -- The 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil could cause a "full-blown public health disaster” because of the Zika virus unless the event is postponed, relocated or canceled, according to a new report published in the Harvard Public Review.

"As a public health person," Besser said, "the last thing you want during an outbreak is a lot of people coming in because it will spread it faster."

Besser went on to cast doubt on the likelihood that Attaran's recommendations would be followed, and suggested that pregnant women not attend the games. Other spectators, he said, should take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.