Brazilian President Rousseff's Chief of Staff says the Zika virus does not pose a serious threat for would-be visitors to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Katie Sargent reports.
With six months to go before the start of the summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is offering assurances that the Zika virus will not pose a serious threat. President Dilma Rousseff met with government ministers and lawmakers Monday to discuss the Zika epidemic. Her chief of staff, Jacques Wagner says it would pose a minimal risk to athletes and most visitors planning to attend the games -- unless they are pregnant. Brazil is believed to be the country hardest hit by Zika. The mosquito-borne virus has been linked by local experts to thousands of cases of microencephaly -- a birth defect that causes abnormally small heads and other problems. Wagner said for most people symptoms include a mild fever and rash -- and many people feel no symptoms at all. But he said the outbreak is a serious public health issue and the government would be racing to contain the virus with or without the Olympics.