Public Health Notice Regarding Zika Virus, 2016 Paralympics and Olympic Games

Warnings and Advisories

Author: WHO
Published: 2016/05/28 - Updated: 2023/10/10
Publication Type: Announcement / Notification - Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Contents: Summary - Introduction - Main - Related

Synopsis: Public health advice from WHO regarding the RIO 2016 Paralympic Games, Olympics and Zika virus threat. Brazil is 1 of almost 60 countries and territories which to date report continuing transmission of Zika by mosquitoes. WHO advises pregnant women not to travel to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission. This includes Rio de Janeiro.

Introduction

Based on current assessment, cancelling or changing the location of the 2016 Olympics will not significantly alter the international spread of Zika virus. Brazil is 1 of almost 60 countries and territories which to date report continuing transmission of Zika by mosquitoes. People continue to travel between these countries and territories for a variety of reasons. The best way to reduce risk of disease is to follow public health travel advice.

Main Digest

WHO advises pregnant women not to travel to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission. This includes Rio de Janeiro. Pregnant women's sex partners returning from areas with circulating virus should be counselled to practice safer sex or abstain throughout the pregnancy.

Anyone considering travel to the Olympics should:

WHO/PAHO is providing public health advice to the Government of Brazil and the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, on ways to further mitigate the risk of athletes and visitors contracting Zika virus during the Games. An important focus of WHO advice revolves around measures to reduce populations of Aedes mosquitoes which transmit chikungunya, dengue and yellow fever in addition to Zika virus.

Based on the current assessment of Zika virus circulating in almost 60 countries globally and 39 countries in the Americas, there is no public health justification for postponing or cancelling the games. WHO will continue to monitor the situation and update our advice as necessary.

Attribution/Source(s):

This peer reviewed publication was selected for publishing by the editors of Disabled World due to its significant relevance to the disability community. Originally authored by WHO, and published on 2016/05/28 (Edit Update: 2023/10/10), the content may have been edited for style, clarity, or brevity. For further details or clarifications, WHO can be contacted at who.int. NOTE: Disabled World does not provide any warranties or endorsements related to this article.

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