US experts warn pregnant women against visiting Brazil

US experts warn pregnant women against visiting Brazil

The United StatesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a warning to pregnant women against travelling to the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil due to the risk associated with the Zika virus.

The centre also said that the women who are considering becoming pregnant and their male partners should consider before visiting the Latin American nation for the mega sporting event this year. The 2016 Olympic Games are scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro in August and September.

The advisory said, "CDC Recommends that pregnant women consider not traveling to the Olympics. If you have a male partner who goes to the Olympics, you may be at risk for sexual transmission."

The event is expected to bring in around 400,000 tourists from around the world to the city. The authorities in Brazil are preparing robust mosquito-control plans to eliminate the risks associated with the virus even as the event is still five months away. Health care workers are working to ensure the safety of spectators and tourists in the country. The authorities are downplaying any threat of the virus and have assured that adequate measures will be in palce.