C.D.C warns pregnant women not to travel to Olympics 2016 to avoid Zika infection


Rio de Janiero, where the Olympics 2016 will be held

The Health Officials in the United States of America have urged pregnant women who have planned to travel to Brazil to join in the Olympics Games 2016 to carefully consider whether to go or not for that country is experiencing Zika virus epidemic.

Olympics 2016

C.D.C (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) have recently published official advice in a travel advisory that women, who are in pregnant time, had better not enter Brazil that time.

Also, that agency recommended that if her husband, or her male partner intends to join in the Olympics, he should use condoms or abstain from sex during her pregnancy period.

Special precautions are issued by C.D.C for pregnancies who intend to come to Brazil, for women who is planning to have baby and even for males with pregnant partners. Those precautions are of importance as the Zika virus infection in pregnant women is believed to be associated with miscarriages and also a birth defect on their babies, which is so-called “microcephaly”, resulting in tiny head and brain damage on babies.

According to the C.D.C, women who decide to go to Brazil need to talk to their physician and then strictly follow the precautions in order to prevent mosquito bites such as covering exposed skin, staying in air-conditioned or screened room, or using insect repellent.

Zika infection

It is estimated that more than 1.5 million Brazilian people have been infected by Zika virus. Normally Zika is just a mild illness, but when it comes to pregnant women, it is believed to bring about microcephaly – a birth defect causing small heads and brain damage in infants.

According to Reutters, aroung 580 babies in Brazil have been confirmed to suffering from microcephaly, while more than 4,100 additional cases are under investigation.

Given the fact that there will be approximately 500,000 people coming to Rio de Janiero, Brazil for the 2016 Olympics Games which will occur in the next August, concerns have been raised about the potential of Zika virus to spread all over the world.

Recently the C.D.C reported that 9 Zika infection cases had been confirmed in 9 pregnant women in the U.S. One of the nine women has had miscarriage. The agency’s director – Dr. Thomas Frieden said that scientists are still working towards the association between Zika and microcephaly.

As Zika can spread through sexual transmission, the C.D.C has warned men who travel to the Olympics 2016 to use condoms or abstain from sex with their pregnant partners.



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