The CDC also warned that pregnant women who have a male partner who goes to the Olympics may be at risk of sexual transmission of Zika. "Either use condoms the right way, every time, or do not have sex during your pregnancy," the CDC advised. Pregnant women who "must go" to the Olympics should talk to a health-care provider first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during the trip.
Athletes have expressed increasing concern about their own risk during the Games. In an interview this month with Sports Illustrated, U.S. women's national team goalie Hope Solo said, "If I had to make the choice today, I wouldn’t go." Marina Alabau of Spain, a gold medalist in windsurfing, told the Associated Press that she got Zika while training in Brazil in December but that would not stop her from competing in August.
The advisory also includes advice for women who are trying to become pregnant. The CDC said they should talk to their doctors about the risk of Zika infection.
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