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Should the Olympics proceed in Rio de Janeiro in August as planned? With the lighting of the torch set to take place in less than three months, a handful of medical experts are calling for the games to be postponed or moved, citing the risk of globalizing a Zika epidemic that’s been mostly limited to the Americas. 

Amir Attaran, a professor of law and medicine at the University of Ottawa, argued last week in the Harvard Public Health Review that the games “must not proceed.” Among pregnant women, Zika can trigger severe birth defects that include microcephaly, when babies are born with abnormally small heads.

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