CDC Recommends That Pregnant Women Steer Clear of Summer Olympics — Physician’s First Watch

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February 29, 2016

CDC Recommends That Pregnant Women Steer Clear of Summer Olympics

By Kelly Young

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and André Sofair, MD, MPH

The CDC has suggested that pregnant women watch the Olympics from home this year. The Summer Olympic Games are August 5 to 21, and the Paralympic Games are September 7 to 18 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the country at the heart of the Zika virus outbreak.

On Friday, the agency said that if pregnant women must attend the games, they should consult with their healthcare provider beforehand and take appropriate measures to protect themselves from mosquitoes, which spread the Zika virus. Pregnant women whose male partners travel to the Olympics should either refrain from sex upon their partner's return to the U.S. for the duration of the pregnancy or use condoms during every sexual encounter, since there is now evidence that Zika can be spread through sex.

In addition, women who are trying to become pregnant should also talk to their clinician about the risk for Zika before attending the games, the agency said.

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