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IOC medical chief seeks to allay Zika fears

This combination of images shows abnormalities at upper left and upper right on the back areas of the inner eyes of a 1-month-old boy diagnosed with microcephaly due to a possible Zika congenital infection. In results published in JAMA Ophthalmology on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, researchers found eye damage in 10 of 29 babies born with microcephaly at the Roberto Santos General Hospital in Salvador, Brazil. Photo: American Medical Association/JAMA via AP

LONDON, (AP): Seeking to calm fears over the Zika outbreak, the IOC medical director tells The Associated Press that “everything that can be done is being done” to combat the virus in Brazil and provide safe conditions for athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Dr. Richard Budgett says the International Olympic Committee is “absolutely not complacent” about the mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to birth defects.

He says “our priority is to protect the health of the athletes, we do take it very seriously.”

Budgett says the outbreak should be kept “in perspective,” noting that world health authorities have not called for a restriction on travel to Brazil.

He says there has been no consideration of postponing or canceling the Olympics, which are scheduled from August 5-21.

:: This combination of images shows abnormalities at upper left and upper right on the back areas of the inner eyes of a 1-month-old boy diagnosed with microcephaly due to a possible Zika congenital infection. In results published in JAMA Ophthalmology on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, researchers found eye damage in 10 of 29 babies born with microcephaly at the Roberto Santos General Hospital in Salvador, Brazil. (Photo: American Medical Association/JAMA via AP)

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