Health Officials Warn the 2016 Rio Olympics Will Be a Health Disaster

An article in the Harvard Public Health Review argued that the Olympics should either be canceled or postponed to prevent the spread of the virus.
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bracing for the next round. Kayna Whitworth, ABC news. Kayna, thank you. We turn now to the Rio olympics. This games just three months away. This evening, one health officials saying the games should be postponed. Just as we get new images of an American patient and what zika looks like. The symptoms after he came down with it. Here's ABC's linsey Davis. Reporter: At these athletes prepare to represent the U.S. In roughing, a call for the summer olympics in Brazil to be canceled or postponed because of zika. An article in the Harvard public health review this week, calling it "A no-brainer for the olympic organizers" that the "Rio 2016 games must not proceed" to avoid "A full-blown global health disaster." But the nation's top infectious disease official disagrees. There is not a universal systemic threat to anyone there because zika is generally a mild disease. Reporter: While Meghan o'leary and Ellen Tomek say they may want to have children in the future, right now, they're focused on bringing home the gold. So, was there never a question in your mind whether you would go to the olympics? Never a question. This is just another hurdle that you have to face but we are going. Reporter: They plan to take the necessary precautions to avoid this. These are pictures of the infection on a New York man who returned from Puerto Rico, with bloodshot eyes and a painful rash that spread all over his body. Today, health officials told congress, its shortsightedness is making the zika problem even worse, by failing to provide the necessary funding to fight it. David?

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