2016 Summer Olympics Journal #5 – The Zika Virus and Brazil – What You Need To Know

Are you planning a visit to the country of Brazil for this year’s summer olympics? If so, LiveMD has some important information to help keep you safe and protected from contracting the Zika Virus.

What Is The Zika Virus?

The Zika Virus is a virus that is carried by mosquitos and is transferred to humans when the mosquito bites. Throughout recent years, this virus has been spreading quite rapidly throughout Africa and central American countries, including Brazil. Once infected, a person with the Zika Virus may exhibit symptoms such as a fever, headache, red eyes, rash and joint pain. These symptoms will usually appear within a week of being bitten and can last for approximately 5-7 days. Although extremely uncomfortable, this virus does not appear to have any lasting effects on adults who have been affected.

How Can I Keep From Getting The Zika Virus?

Prevention is the only method to keep from contracting the Zika Virus as there is currently no vaccine or cure available. It is best to take all available precautions to protect yourself from getting sick. When outside, avoid heavily forested areas or areas with long grasses. These are generally the areas that mosquitos are most attracted to. It is also important to wear long clothing that covers as much skin as possible. This will make it difficult for the mosquito to bite through the fabric. Always be sure to wear mosquito repellent and use mosquito nets when sleeping in high risk areas. Generally speaking, mosquitos tend to inhabit more rural areas of the country, while the urban, highly populated cities are less frequently affected. Areas of higher elevation (over 6,500 feet above sea level) are also at a lower risk of the Zika Virus while areas below this level are more prone to outbreaks.

Should I Travel If I Am Pregnant?

Woman who are pregnant are being advised to avoid travelling to areas with an outbreak of the Zika Virus. This virus can be transmitted to the fetus and is suspected to cause serious birth defects. Any woman who is pregnant or plans on becoming pregnant in the near future is being advised to avoid these areas for the safety of their unborn child. If travel is completely unavoidable then it is recommended to stay in urban, city centers where mosquito populations are lower and to stay in the lower risk, higher elevation areas.

Are you planning a trip to Brazil for the 2016 Olympic Games? Do you have questions about the Zika Virus or how to protect yourself from contracting this disease? If so, we can help. Our doctors are available 24/7 to assist you with all of your healthcare needs and to answer all of your medical questions. Visit our website today.

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August 13th, 2016 by