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CDC Issues Advice for Travel to Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

Pregnant women should consider not travelling to the 2016 Olympics, Paralympics

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MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In a media statement issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, advice relating to health and safety is offered for those planning to attend the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and the 2016 Paralympic Games, both of which are being held in Rio de Janeiro.

The travel guidance covers a variety of health and safety topics, including information relating to the Zika virus outbreak that is currently occurring in Brazil. Noting that the outbreak of Zika in Brazil is dynamic, the CDC will continue to monitor the situation and adjust the recommendations as necessary.

Based on the current situation, the CDC recommends that women who are pregnant should consider not traveling to the Olympics. For pregnant women who must go to the Olympics, a doctor or health care provider should be consulted before travel and steps should be followed to prevent mosquito bites during the trip. Pregnant women who have a male partner going to the Olympics may be at risk for sexual transmission of Zika; these women should correctly use condoms every time or abstain from sex during pregnancy. Women who are trying to become pregnant should talk to their health care provider before traveling. Furthermore, they and their male partners should follow steps to prevent mosquito bites.

"These recommendations provide information to travelers to help them take steps to stay safe and healthy during their trips," according to the media statement.

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