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Pregnant women should avoid this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

The public health agency has been urging pregnant women for several weeks to avoid traveling to places where the Zika virus is spreading. But up until now, it has side-stepped the question of the Brazil Olympiad.


In fact, three weeks ago the director of the CDC’s division of global migration and quarantine told STAT the question of the Summer Olympics was definitely on the CDC’s radar, but the agency felt it could hold off for a bit longer.

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