The World Health Organisation has rejected a call to move the Rio Olympics 2016 to another date as the Zika Outbreak continues to spread.
According to the WHO, the move would not “significantly alter” the spread of the virus.
Numerous studies have shown that mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus can pass a chemical to male humans that had introduced several possible occurrences of deformed heads on infants.
The outbreak started from Brazil a year ago. Now, the virus had moved to 60 countries worldwide. Certain territories were said to have continued transmission of the disease.
Zika’s symptoms are mild but it can cause babies to be born with abnormally small heads. It may also cause a rare and fatal neurological syndrome in adults
“An unnecessary risk is posed when 500,000 foreign tourists from all countries attend the Games, potentially acquire that strain, and return home to places where it can become endemic,” the collective letter of 100 scientists said.
The biggest risk, it adds, is if athletes contract the virus and returned home to poor countries that have not yet suffered a Zika outbreak.
They also express concern the WHO has a conflict of interest because of its partnership with the IOC.
The Rio Olympics are due to take place between 5 and 21 August.
In a statement, the WHO, which has declared the Zika virus a global public health emergency, said: “Brazil is one of almost 60 countries and territories which to date report continuing transmission of Zika by mosquitoes.
“People continue to travel between these countries and territories for a variety of reasons. The best way to reduce risk of disease is to follow public health travel advice.”