Zika Virus Update – March 04, 2016

Zika Virus Updates - March 04, 2016

Last week, Iridia separated fact from fiction about the Zika virus through a blog post that answered some frequently asked questions. We addressed topics ranging from what the virus is and how it spreads, to methods of managing the risk.

Over the next four weeks, we will be releasing weekly updates to keep you informed about the virus. Here is this week’s update.

Updated as of March 04, 2016

  • A group of doctors from Argentina claims that Pyripoxyfen, a pesticide used to eliminate mosquito larvae, could be the cause of the microcephaly outbreak in Brazil. However, Brazil’s federal government and the World Health Organization reject the claim and say the likely culprit is the Zika virus.
  • Puerto Rico has declared a public health emergency and is working to protect residents from the Zika virus. This U.S. territory has had nearly 120 cases of Zika Virus infection, including five pregnant women. The Obama administration has asked Congress for more than $200 million to help Puerto Rico as the Zika virus makes its way northwards from South America.
  • Currently, there are zero locally-acquired and sixteen travel-related Zika virus cases in Canada.

Source: CDC, CNN, & Public Health Agency of Canada

Stay tuned next week for another update and let us know in the comments if you have any questions or feedback!

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