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Medical chief: IOC 'not complacent' about Zika outbreak

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OTL discussion: Zika and the Olympics (6:47)

Outside the Lines discusses the Zika virus and how it could affect the 2016 Olympics in Rio and the Olympic athletes. (6:47)

LONDON -- Seeking to calm fears over the Zika outbreak, the International Olympic Committee medical director tells The Associated Press that "everything that can be done is being done" to combat the virus in Brazil and provide safe conditions for athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Dr. Richard Budgett says the IOC is "absolutely not complacent" about the mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to birth defects.

He says "our priority is to protect the health of the athletes -- we do take it very seriously."

Budgett says the outbreak should be kept "in perspective," noting that world health authorities have not called for a restriction on travel to Brazil.

He says there has been no consideration of postponing or canceling the Olympics, which are scheduled from Aug. 5 through Aug. 21.