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Podcast: Should the Rio Olympics Be Canceled Because of Zika?

A leading Zika expert in Brazil gives his take on some health officials’ belief that the Summer Games should be moved or postponed.

Agência Brasília(flickr) Pedro Ventura/Agência Brasília February 13, 2016

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With 26,000 suspected cases so far, the state of Rio de Janeiro is considered the heart of the Zika outbreak. While some global health officials are advising that the upcoming 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games be moved or postponed, Dr. Davis Ferreira of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro argues otherwise. A leading expert in Brazil on Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases, he sat in his laboratory with AQ‘s special correspondent Stephen Kurczy to talk about whether the upcoming Rio Olympics should be canceled, ways of combating the virus, and his new research to find a treatment.

Listen to the full interview above, or subscribe to the This Week in Brazil podcast through iTunes or Stitcher and never miss an episode.

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