CDC issues advice for travel to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: Friday, February 26, 2016
Contact: Media Relations,
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Today, CDC issued advice for people planning travel to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 to August 21, 2016, and to the 2016 Paralympic Games scheduled for September 7 to September 18, 2016. These recommendations provide information to travelers to help them take steps to stay safe and healthy during their trips. CDC’s travel guidance for the Olympics covers a variety of health and safety topics, including information about the Zika virus outbreak currently occurring in Brazil. Because of the Zika outbreak, CDC recommends that pregnant women consider not traveling to the Olympics. 

The Zika outbreak in Brazil is dynamic. CDC will continue to monitor the situation and will adjust these recommendations as needed. 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.

People considering travel should also refer to CDC’s travel notice “Zika Virus in South America” for additional information:


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