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Zika Virus and the Olympics

By: Spencer

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.

Looking for a primary care doctor? Visit www.AdventistMedicalGroup.org.

 

Find more family health tips and resources at www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose.

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