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Rep. Michael Burgess: U.S. Athletes Should Skip Olympics Over Zika Concerns

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    U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) appears on Lone Star Politics to talk about the dangers of the Zika virus. Hear why he says no one should take a chance going to the Olympics in Rio. (Published Friday, April 1, 2016)

    Rep. Michael Burgess urged American athletes Friday to skip the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Brazil because of concerns over the Zika virus.

    “Let me be politically incorrect,” Burgess, R-Lewisville, said during a taping of Lone Star Politics on KXAS-TV (NBC5). “I was around in 1980 when Jimmy Carter canceled the Olympics for our athletes. It was a devastating consequence, but I don’t see how you ignore this public health threat with our young athletes going to that area.”

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