The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, recommended Saturday that pregnant women not travel to the Olympic Games in Brazil this August due to the risk of contagion by the Zika virus.
Authorities told women who cannot cancel their flights to the Olympics that they should consult their doctors and follow their recommendations exactly in order to minimize the risk of infection from mosquito bites.
The recommendation also extends to pregnant women's partners who must travel to the Brazil Olympics, advising them to use condoms throughout the pregnancy after their return.
The CDC also tells women who plan to become pregnant to consult their doctors about the risks of the Zika virus so that they and their partners take the necessary measures to avoid mosquito bites while visiting the South American country.
The CDC announced its recommended measures the same day it confirmed nine cases of pregnant women with Zika infections in the United States, of whom two have had abortions.
U.S. health authorities have updated information about the Zika outbreak currently affecting South America with an alert on its Web site: cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/zika-virus-south-america.
The Summer Olympics are scheduled for August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, while the Paralympic Games will be held in September. EFE