CDC Alert Level 2 – Zika Virus – 2016 Summer Olympics (Rio 2016)

Updated: 06/02/2016

Alert – Level 2, Practice Enhances Precautions

What is the current situation?

The 2016 Summer Olympics will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 to August 21, 2016. The Paralympic Games are scheduled for September 7 to September 18, 2016. If you plan to travel to Brazil for the Olympics or Paralympics, follow the recommendations below to help you stay safe and healthy.

Brazil, along with many destinations in the Americas, is experiencing an outbreak of Zika virus. Because Zika virus infection in pregnant women can cause serious birth defects, CDC has special recommendations for pregnant women traveling to Brazil. See “Zika Virus in Pregnancy” on this page and the Zika in Brazil travel notice for more information. The Zika outbreak in Brazil is dynamic. CDC will continue to monitor the situation and adjust these recommendations as we learn more.

Zika Virus in Pregnancy
A Zika virus outbreak is currently ongoing in Brazil. Because Zika virus infection in a pregnant woman can cause serious birth defects, CDC recommends special precautions for the following groups:

  • Women who are pregnant:
    • Do not go to the Olympics.
    • If you must go, talk to your doctor or other health care provider first; strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites and use condoms or do not have sex during your trip.
    • If you have a male partner who goes to the Olympics, either use condoms or do not have sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) during your pregnancy.
  • Women who are trying to become pregnant:
    • BBefore you or your male partner travel, talk to your doctor or other health care provider about your plans to become pregnant and the risk of Zika virus infection.
    • See CDC guidance for how long you should wait to try to get pregnant after travel to areas with Zika.
    • You and your male partner should strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites.
  • Men who go to the Olympics and have a pregnant partner should use condoms or not have sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) during the pregnancy.

Read the full travel alert here: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/2016-summer-olympics-rio