The latest on Zika Virus and Canadian travellers
Mexico can be a convenient and economical destination for Canadian travellers escaping the cold weather. Central America and the Caribbean are also popular destinations for Canadians seeking a warm weather vacation. While these destinations vary in culture, they share a common risk for travellers: Zika Virus – a mosquito-borne disease that can also be contracted through unprotected sex.
According to the BC Centre of Disease Control, Mexico is the country of risk where travellers are more often contracting Zika Virus.
The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that women who are pregnant or who are planning to become pregnant, avoid non-essential travel to countries and states (Florida, Texas) where Zika Virus is transmitted. PHAC states as of January 12, 2017 there are 439 cases of Zika Virus related to travel, three sexually transmitted cases, including 23 pregnant women reported in Canada.
It is important to consider the risk of Zika Virus. Vigilent insect precautions are essential but mosquitoes are persistent and found in rural and resort areas. There is no vaccine or medication to treat Zika Virus Infection.
If you are concerned or have questions about family planning and recent travel to a country with Zika transmission, see your family doctor and have a look at the BCCDC website for further information.