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Rio Olympics 2016: WHO asks Rio-bound fans to avoid visiting overcrowded areas

WHO also asked the athletes and fans to consult a health worker before travelling.

News 13 May 2016, 12:54 IST
A Brazilian Army soldier shows pamphlets which read, "A mosquito is not stronger than an entire country"

People travelling to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro should avoid visiting impoverished and overcrowded urban areas to prevent catching the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

Athletes and visitors should also consult a health worker before travelling, use insect repellent and clothing on as much of their body as possible, and practice safe sex or abstain during their stay and for at least four weeks after their return, it said.

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They should also choose air-conditioned accommodation. Pregnant women should avoid travelling to areas with Zika transmission, including Rio de Janeiro, the WHO said.

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