IOC Statement on Zika Virus

29 January 2016
Lausanne (SUI)
The International Olympic Committee Medical and Scientific Commission released a statement concerning the Zika virus.

Since the first reported case in Brazil in May 2015, the Zika virus has infected an estimated 1.5 million people in the country with around 80 percent experiencing no symptoms and the rest experiencing symptoms for just two to seven days.

There has been an increase in the number of babies born with microcephaly in Brazil and authorities are trying to determine if there is a connection.

“With this in mind, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is closely monitoring the situation with Zika in Brazil. We are also in close communication with the World Health Organisation and the Rio 2016 Organising Committee on this topic,” reads the statement issued by the Medical and Scientific Commission, which is chaired by World Archery President Prof Dr Ugur Erdener.

“On its side, Rio 2016 is in regular contact with the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the Municipal Health Department, which are the responsible authorities on health issues in Brazil and in Rio. All parties are taking action to address this topic, and are following developments closely.”

The statement also confirms that there is a Games-time plan in place to minimise the impact of the virus and offers current international advice for people visiting areas with Zika.

This includes the use of mosquito bite avoidance measures, advice from local health authorities, additional precautions for pregnant women or individuals planning to become pregnant.

The full statement is attached.