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Heading to the World Cup? Wear long-sleeved shirts, trousers and a condom

Perhaps not all at the same time, though. Health authorities have issued advice for those travelling to Brazil.

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HEALTH AUTHORITIES ARE warning those travelling from the European Union to the World Cup in Brazil of certain health risks.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has said that fans need to pay attention to a number of factors that could see bad things happening to them – either becoming poorly in a foreign country or having an unwelcome biological guest come home with them to Europe.

The watchdog is warning that visitors from the EU are at risk of gastrointestinal illness and vector-borne infections (for example those transmitted by insect bits).

To combat this, visitors need to adhere to “standard hygienic measures”, and wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers to ensure exposed limbs are not exposed as a tasty treat to dangerous insects.

Insect repellent could also be used in addition to this.

“[Visitors] are also urged to take malaria chemoprophylaxis and be vaccinated against yellow fever, if travelling to risk areas,” a statement from the ECDC read. “Be fully vaccinated according to their home immunisation schedule and those advised by health authorities in Brazil, in particular hepatitis A.”

And finally, if you happen to be so lucky, the authority is warning for people to avoid having unprotected sexual contact.

More than 600,000 people are expected to arrive for the World Cup, joining an estimated 3.1 million Brazilian tourists descending on the 12 host cities.

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