Zika Virus

Travel Health Notice for Canadians

The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued a Travel Health Notice for Canadians regarding travel to countries where Zika virus is known to circulate. 

Zika virus infection is caused by a virus which is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms can include fever, headache, conjunctivitis (pink eye) and rash, along with joint and muscle pain. The illness is typically mild and lasts only a few days.

It is recommended that pregnant women and those considering becoming pregnant discuss their travel plans with their health care provider to assess their risk and consider postponing travel to areas where the Zika virus is circulating in the Americas.  If travel cannot be postponed then strict mosquito bite prevention measures should be followed to protect themselves against bites.

The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that all travellers protect themselves from mosquito bites when travelling to areas where Zika virus is circulating. There is no vaccine or medication that protects against Zika virus infection. 

More information on Zika virus and countries affected by the alert can be found below.

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