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Travel Health Notice about Zika Virus

The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued a Travel Health Notice about the Zika virus.

Here are some things to keep in mind when travelling:

  • There is a possible relationship between Zika virus infection and birth defects, therefore 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
  • Currently, there is no vaccine or medication available to protect against Zika virus infection
  • If travelling, protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times, as the Zika virus is transmitted by a mosquito that can bite in daylight and evening hours. This includes the use of insect repellant and protective clothing.  Here are more tips for protecting yourself and your family from insect bites http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/insect-bite
  • If you develop symptoms similar to Zika virus infection (fever, headache, conjunctivitis/pink eye, rash, joint and muscle pain) when you are travelling, or after you return, see a health care provider and tell them where you have been travelling or living.

 Countries/areas affected

 Updated travel alerts for the countries/areas affected by Zika virus can be found at www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/tmp-pmv/notices-avis/index-eng.php


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For more information call
DURHAM HEALTH CONNECTION LINE 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729
ENVIRONMENTAL HELP LINE 905-723-3818 or 1-888-777-9613