Zika Virus and the Olympics
As we celebrate our athletes who took home the gold this year at the Summer Olympics in Brazil, there’s one thing we’re hoping they didn’t bring home – the Zika virus.
So, is there a reason to be concerned as Olympic-goers return to the U.S.? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend the same precautions for those visiting and/or returning from Rio as they would any other traveler to an area with Zika.
Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself:
Protect yourself form mosquito bites. Wear long sleeves and pants, use bug spray recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and remove standing water around the house.
If you’re pregnant or trying to become pregnant, do not travel areas with Zika. Check the CDC website for more information.
Avoid spread by sexual transmission. Couples who have traveled to areas with Zika should use condoms or not have sex for at least eight weeks.
Pregnancy. Pregnant women who have traveled or lived in areas with Zika should get tested for Zika.
If you have recently returned from an area with Zika and begin experiencing a fever with rash, joint pain or red eyes you should:
Talk to your doctor about your travel.
Take acetaminophen to relieve fever and pain.
Rest and drink plenty of liquids.
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