February 04, 2016

LONDON (AP) The British Olympic Association says it will provide medical guidance to athletes about the Zika virus ahead of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The mosquito-borne virus has been linked to an increased number of babies born with abnormally small heads in Brazil.

BOA chief executive Bill Sweeney says his association is working with national sports bodies ''to develop a specific guidance note, drawing on all the latest medical advice.''

He says the guidance is meant to ''address any concerns'' and enable athletes and staff ''to fully focus on their own important preparations for Rio.''

The BOA cites the latest government advice, which recommends protection against mosquito bites and advises pregnant women to consider their travel options before going to Zika-affected areas.

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