Embratur: No possibility of Olympic Games cancellation

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The Brazilian Tourism Board, Embratur in a statement has said that the spread of Zika virus cannot be a threat for the 2016 Rio Olympics, and there is no need to discuss on the possibility of cancellation or postponement of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in this regard.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO), which has been guiding the Brazilian Tourism Board, Embratur and other Brazilian government agencies, has argued that delaying or postponement of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games does not alter the spread of the virus Zika which is already circulating in 60 countries and territories.

With this argument from the World Health Organisation, the Brazilian Tourism Board, Embratur has come to a conclusion that there is no reason to change the Games in Rio.

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Embratur in a statement has said that, “The 2016 Olympics will take place with utmost attention given to the health of the participants and spectators of the biggest sporting event in the world.”

It also added that, “The Brazilian government, in constant contact with the WHO and the Pan American Health Organisation, are taking all necessary measures to ensure the effective combat of mosquito outbreaks, with specific actions to the headquarters of the competition, Rio de Janeiro and the cities that will host football matches.”

The statement from Embratur reveals that, to ensure that the 2016 Rio Olympic Games take place in a safe and peaceful manner for athletes, technical staff and tourists, Brazil will take all necessary measures and actions.

While the 2014 FIFA World Cup, researches of the University of Sao Paulo have predicted that mostly about three foreign tourists would contact Dengue fever, out of the 700 thousand visitors from all the countries around the world who visit Brazil to watch the competition match.

This has been proved to be correct and has happened as predicted and three individual visitors from other countries have been only infected with Dengue, the same mosquito bite that also spreads the Zika virus.

Now also, the same researchers from the University of Sao Paulo have concluded in a similar study that it is extremely rare that an international visitor contracts the Zika virus from a mosquito bite.