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Zika News

With the Olympics coming up in Zika embattled Brasil (or Brazil if you prefer), minds turn to safety both there, and here at home - how may this affect the spread of Zika?

The National Institutes for Health (NIH) are funding a Zika virus study involving U.S. Olympic team, wherein researchers will monitor potential infections among group of U.S. athletes traveling to Brazil.

CDC Models Risk of Zika Virus Importation Resulting from Travel to the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games:

According to the Brazilian Tourism Board, approximately 350,000 – 500,000 international visitors and athletes from 207 countries are expected to travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games (Games). This travel volume represents a very small fraction – less than 0.25% – of the total estimated 2015 travel volume to Zika-affected countries. Visitors to the Games are expected to have a low probability of mosquito-borne Zika infections because the Games will occur during the winter season in Rio de Janeiro (August 5-21 and September 7-18, respectively) when the cooler and drier weather typically reduces mosquito populations. CDC conducted a risk analysis to predict those countries at risk for Zika virus importation exclusively attributable to the Games.

Key Points:

  • Whereas all countries are at risk for travel-associated exportation of Zika virus, CDC estimated Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, and Yemen as having unique risk attributable to their travel for the Games.
  • These four countries do not have substantial travel to any country with local Zika virus transmission, except for their participation in the Games, and have environmental conditions and population susceptibility to sustain mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus.
  • Prevention recommendations for athletes and all other visitors to the Games include that:
    • Pregnant women should not travel to the Games.
    • All visitors should take steps to prevent mosquito bites, both during travel and for 3 weeks after returning home.
    • All visitors should take measures to prevent sexual transmission.

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Protect Moms to Be! Protect Moms to Be!

Other efforts include U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Environmental Protection Agency urging the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to consider aerial spraying as part of integrated mosquito control program to reduce Zika-associated birth defects, as well as CDC focus on protecting pregnant women:

Are you pregnant? Here’s what you can do to protect yourself if you don’t currently live in an area with Zika.

1. Avoid travel to an area with Zika.
2. Take steps to prevent mosquito bites.
3. Take steps to prevent getting Zika through sex.
4. See a doctor or other healthcare provider

Learn more at CDC

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