#ZIKA Team USA’s prevention playbook
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      What is Zika?

      Zika is usually a mild illness (fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes) that lasts about a week. Many people have no symptoms. BUT Zika can cause birth defects. In rare cases, it can trigger a nervous system illness called Guillain-Barré syndrome. Zika is spread through mosquito bites and sex.


      Mosquitoes spread Zika

      • Mosquitoes that spread Zika live indoors and outside. They bite both day and night.

      • Use insect repellent.

      • Wear long pants and long–sleeved shirts when you can.

      • Tip: Apply sunscreen first, then insect repellent.


      • Zika can be spread through sex.

      • Reduce your risk. Use condoms (every time!) you have sex (any kind!) at the Olympics.

      • Keep using condoms when you get home.

      • Zika can live longer in semen than in blood.


      Wait to Get Pregnant

      • If you want to get pregnant after your trip, wait 8 weeks if you don’t have symptoms. If you DO have symptoms, wait 8 weeks after symptoms start for women, 6 months after symptoms start for men.


      Don’t spread Zika after the Olympics.

      • Prevent the spread of Zika after your trip, even if you don’t feel sick.

      • Wear insect repellent for 3 weeks. Mosquitoes could bite you and spread Zika to others.

      • Use condoms for 8 weeks. Men: If you have symptoms, use condoms for 6 months

      • If your partner is already pregnant, use condoms or don’t have sex during the pregnancy.

      Use the hashtags in this brochure to share your prevention game on social media.

      Follow us for more tips on how to protect yourself from Zika.


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