NIH exec: Zika poses 'great concern' for Olympics

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A leading National Institutes of Health official is warning that the Zika virus may impact the Olympic Games in Brazil this summer.

“That’s something that is of obvious great concern to the Brazilian officials because the Olympics are going to be in Brazil,” National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases head Dr. Anthony Fauci told host John Catsimatidis on "The Cats Roundtable" on New York's AM-970 on Sunday.

He was also optimistic about how the United States will fare against the virus, predicting that a vaccine is within reach.

“We are very aggressively pushing towards developing a vaccine,” he said. “The good news about that is that we have had success in developing vaccines for very similar viruses.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to get into clinical trials within the next several months and get on the road to a fast track to developing a vaccine. But as you know, vaccines generally take a couple of years before you have a vaccine that is well-proven to be safe and effective,” he added.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced that the first case of the Zika virus being sexually transmitted had been reported in Texas.

But Fauci advised that the virus was really only harmful to pregnant women as it is suspected of causing birth defects.

“Nobody wants to get infected with the virus, but for the most part it is a generally not very serious virus,” he said.