Pregnant Women should consider Not going to the Olympics

Thomas Masterson MD, Editor,

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are concerned about the dangers of Zika to pregnant women and women who might become pregnant. Current recommendations, based on CDC’s guidance for any area with active Zika transmission, include these:

Women who are pregnant
* Consider not going to the Olympics.
* If you must go to the Olympics, talk to your doctor healthcare provider first; if you travel, you should strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip.
*If you have a male partner who goes to the Olympics, you may be at risk for sexual transmission of Zika. Either use condoms the right way, every time, or do not have sex during your pregnancy.

Women who are trying to become pregnant
*Before you travel, talk to your health care provider about your plans to become pregnant and the risk of Zika virus infection during your trip.
*You and your male partner should strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites.

Now this author is a "healthcare provider" and I can let you in on a secret.  We as healthcare providers do not know any more than the CDC.  The CDC is at the cutting edge of research with this epidemic.  If the CDC says don't go, then this healthcare provider will echo those sentiments.


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