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'Today's Pregnant Savannah Guthrie Skips Rio Olympics Over Zika Concerns

'Today' show co-host Savannah Guthrie says she's pregnant and will be skipping the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro because of the Zika virus.

Guthrie made the announcement on the program and said doctors had advised her not to travel to the region due to concerns over the virus outbreak. NBC had previously announced that Guthrie would co-host the opening ceremony of the Rio Games in August.

"You'll have to go to female beach volleyball without me, Matt," Guthrie joked with co-host Matt Lauer.

The Zika virus can spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus resulting in severe brain malformations and other birth defects. The mosquito-borne virus is now in 60 countries, with Olympic host Brazil being one of the hardest-hit nations.

Guthrie is expecting her second child with husband Michael Feldman in December.

NBC is sending more than 2,000 employees to Brazil to cover the Olympics.

June 8, 2016 |

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