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Hope Solo, 34, said that if the Olympics were held today she would not be attending, as Zika is feared to have led to brain deformities in thousands of children born to infected mothers.
"If I had to make the choice today, I wouldn't go," she told Sports Illustrated magazine from Texas, where the national team was due to play an Olympic qualifier against Costa Rica.
Britain's Olympic chiefs have said they are monitoring the situation but still plan to attend the Olympics, despite calls from Toni Minichiello, the coach of track and field star Jessica Ennis-Hill, to switch the training camp from Belo Horizonte to a Zika-free zone outside Brazil.
Solo, who is married to Jerramy Stevens, a former American football player, said she was aware that those who recover from Zika can have safe pregnancies, but still felt uncomfortable with the risk.
"I would never take the risk of having an unhealthy child," she said.
"I don't know when that day will come for Jerramy and me, but I personally reserve my right to have a healthy baby. No athlete competing in Rio should be faced with this dilemma.
"We accept these particular choices as part of being a woman, but I do not accept being forced into making the decision between competing for my country and sacrificing the potential health of a child, or staying home and giving up my dreams and goals as an athlete."
Brazilian authorities insist there will be no risk to athletes and spectators, except pregnant women, when the Rio Games take place in August.
Barack Obama, the US President, this week asked Congress for $1.8 billion ($2.5 billion) in emergency funding to help fight the virus, which has been diagnosed in 11 US states. American authorities say around 50 people in the US are infected, but all had travelled to Latin America.
Unlike other Olympic events, which will take place in the Rio de Janeiro area, Olympic soccer will be held in cities outside Rio - Manaus, Salvador, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte and Sao Paulo - some of which have higher rates than Rio of mosquito-borne viruses.
Kipchoge Keino, head of Kenya's Olympic Committee, said on Tuesday that their team would not attend if the virus reached "epidemic" levels, the first team to do so.
Thirty of the world's leading scientific research institutions, journals and funders pledged yesterday to share all data and expertise on the Zika virus as soon as they have it.
The consequences of not sharing information had been thrown into "stark relief" by the Ebola and Zika outbreaks, said the agreement by an unprecedented number of signatories in the Americas, Japan, Europe and elsewhere.
The World Health Organisation said yesterday that the Zika virus has been detected in breast milk but there is no evidence the virus is transmitted to babies through breastfeeding.
The Catholic Church in Brazil yesterday rejected calls supported by the United Nations to allow abortion in cases of the birth defect microcephaly.
Abortion is restricted in Latin America's biggest country to cases of rape, where the foetus has no brain, or where the mother's life is in danger.
The Telegraph, London