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After All That, Zika Was a No-Show at the Olympics

WHO says no confirmed cases among athletes or spectators
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2016 11:20 AM CDT
The Olympics Were Zika-Free, Apparently
Health workers get ready to spray insecticide to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus under the bleachers of the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro prior to the Olympics.   (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

(Newser) – "We told you so," the World Health Organization essentially announced Friday, stating that there were no confirmed cases of Zika contracted during the Rio Olympics, Good Morning America reports. According to the BBC, that goes for both athletes and spectators. WHO was criticized by a number of experts for not recommending the games be moved or rescheduled. And a number of athletes and coaches froze their sperm or pulled out of the games completely over Zika concerns. WHO says the lack of Olympic Zika cases was due to the games taking place in Brazil's winter and the country's "successful application of appropriate public health measures." WHO is "optimistic" there also won't be any cases of Zika contracted during this month's Paralympics. (Read more Zika virus stories.)

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