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Bioethics Professor one of 150 experts advising on Zika at the Olympics

1 June 2016

The School's Søren Holm joined a team of world experts who advise the Olympics should be postponed or moved because of the Zika epidemic.

A letter sent to World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan urges authorities to consider delaying or moving the Olympics in Rio because the uncertainties about Zika make it impossible to predict the spread of the virus. It was signed by 150 physicians, bioethicists and scientists from around the world.

Professor Holm was interviewed on BBC Breakfast, BBC News Channel and BBC Worldwide Radio, ITV News, Channel 4 News, Danish TV2, Danish national radio, Ritzaus Bureau, and numerous other outlets including The Times and The Washington Post.

He said, "Until now the focus has been on the Zika risk to athletes or spectators, but the real public health risk is to those Zika-free tropical and sub-tropical countries where Zika might be introduced and become endemic if just one person brings it back home as a ‘present from Rio’.”

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