No sex at Rio Olympics, travel experts warn

Advisory by travel safety and risk management firm
UK-based travel safety and risk management company beTravelwise has issued a Zika prevention advisory ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics, which kick off officially on Friday.
“Slap on the mosquito repellent and practice safe sex or abstain completely if you want to stay safe this summer,” it warns in a statement about Brazil, the origin of the Zika virus outbreak.
“Mosquito bite prevention and safe or no sex is the best defence against the Zika virus; that’s the advice we are giving to our clients who are travelling to the Olympic Games or other Zika-infected areas,” said beTravelwise director Andy Prior.
The company suggests six methods to prevent mosquito bites – covering exposed skin with long sleeves, trousers and socks; using insect repellent formulas with at least 30% DEET; spraying the room with repellent before sleep; sleeping in a screened room; and using a mosquito net.
The virus is known to cause microcephaly, a birth defect in babies. It can also lead to a rare neurological disorder, Guillain-Barre syndrome. Pregnant women and any couples planning pregnancy are advised to stay away from Zika-infected areas.
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