Safe sex reminder for Rio travellers

Those returning from the Olympic games should be conscious of Zika virus, warns health department

Minister for Health Sussan Ley is reminding Australians heading home from the Rio Olympic Games to be conscious of Zika virus and exercise “precaution as the best protection”.

The virus is usually spread by mosquitoes but there is a low risk it could be transmitted person-to-person through sexual activity, says Ley.

She encourages Australians returning from Brazil to be “conscious and cautious” about their potential exposure to the virus.

“If you’ve recently visited Rio for the Olympics, chances are you could have been bitten by a mosquito,” Ms Ley says.

“This is no cause for alarm … However, the best protection is precaution, particularly if you or your partner are pregnant or planning to try in the near future,” she says, adding that most cases of Zika only displayed very mild flu-like symptoms or nothing at all.

There have been 44 confirmed cases of Zika virus identified in Australia this year, all acquired overseas, according to the Department of Health.

Symptoms of Zika Virus

Australians returning from Brazil should be conscious of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Red Eyes
  • Joint Pain

A person exhibiting any of these symptoms should immediately consult their doctor and inform them of recent travel history.

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