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: 01/06/2016

Reproduced with kind permission from Australian Doctor


Travel Medicine and Infectious Diseases 2016; online.