In Brief: Doctors: Chances of getting Zika are low

Doctors: Chances of getting Zika are low

WASHINGTON • Doctors from the US Department of Health and Human Services said those travelling to Rio de Janeiro will be at low risk of contracting the Zika virus. But the officials still advised pregnant women or women who could potentially get pregnant not to attend the Games.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Marty Cetron said the country has seen a significant reduction of Zika cases since the occurrences peaked in February and March.

Cooler, dryer weather has been a major factor, he said, adding that "car accidents and influenza pose a greater threat than Zika".


Australian team evacuated after fire

RIO DE JANEIRO • A small fire broke out at the Olympic Village on Friday, which forced the evacuation of the Australian delegation and left a new stain on preparations for the Games.

Team spokesman Mike Tancred said that "there was a lot of smoke" but that athletes returned after firefighters controlled the blaze. He added that there was no big drama.


Argentina team robbed in Mexico

PUEBLA (Mexico) •Argentina's Olympic football team complained on Friday that cash and electronics were stolen from their players' hotel rooms while they were playing a friendly in Mexico.

Argentina Football Association vice-president Claudio Tapia said the theft took place when Mexico and the South American team played to a 0-0 draw in the central city of Puebla on Thursday night.


US basketball team unbeaten in build-up

CHICAGO • Kyrie Irving scored 13 points as the US basketball team improved to 4-0 in their run-up to the Rio Olympics with an 80-45 exhibition win over Venezuela on Friday.

Klay Thompson also scored 13 points for the Americans, who cruised to victory despite shooting 42.4 per cent, below the 49.8 per cent averaged over their first three tune-up games. They also committed 13 turnovers in the game in front of a crowd of 20,578 at the United Center in Chicago.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 31, 2016, with the headline 'In Brief'. Print Edition | Subscribe