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Capitol Health Call
July 12, 2016

Senators Question US Olympic Committee About Zika Risk

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JAMA. 2016;316(2):140. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.8698

Recently, 11 senators wrote Lawrence Probst, chair of the US Olympic Committee (USOC), asking what steps are being taken to protect athletes from the Zika virus during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Brazil is the epicenter for the spread of the virus… [and] the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that the Zika virus may be more of a threat than initially anticipated,” the senators wrote (

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