6 Health hazards to avoid in Rio (aside from Zika)

1 June 2016

Aside from Zika virus, travellers to this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro face a high risk of several other health issues, if the experience of visitors to the FIFA World Cup in 2014 is anything to go by.

German researchers surveyed travellers returning from the 2014 Wold Cup and identified 6 conditions that were reported at higher rates than usual among travellers to Brazil.

  1. Diarrhoea
  2. Insect bites
  3. Sunburn
  4. Flu-like illness
  5. Excess alcohol
  6. Unprotected sex/STDs

The German researchers say people taking part in mass gatherings such as the Olympic Games need additional medical advice on top of the usual pre-travel advice given to regular travellers to Brazil.

“Participants or spectators planning to attend the Rio Olympic Games 2016 should be advised to abstain from alcohol overdose and casual sexual intercourse in addition to regular pre-travel health advice for Brazil travellers,” they advised

Last Reviewed: 1 June 2016
Reproduced with kind permission from Australian Doctor

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Michael Woodhead

Michael Woodhead

Michael Woodhead has been a medical journalist for more than 15 years. A pharmacology graduate, he worked on medical newspapers in the UK, Hong Kong and New Zealand and worked as a reporter with Australian Doctor before helping set up 6minutes.