Zika Virus Update – March 10, 2016

Zika Virus Update - March 10, 2016
Iridia Medical continues to follow the latest updates on the Zika virus. Here is the second of the four weekly updates that we’ll be providing you.

Updated as of March 10, 2016

  • So far, the Zika virus has triggered outbreaks in 41 countries. However, cases linking the Zika virus to babies with birth defects have only been seen in Brazil and French Polynesia.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the traditional insecticide spraying has had no significant impact in slowing the mosquitoes responsible for spreading the virus. They have now declared the spread of Zika in the Americas to be a global emergency.
  • Brazilian authorities have noted that other mosquito species beyond the Aedes mosquito may carry the Zika virus. Scientists have also observed that other mosquito species can carry the virus, though it is unclear whether these mosquitoes can actually infect people.
  • Currently, there are zero locally-acquired and twenty travel-related Zika virus cases in Canada (+4 since last week).

Source: CDC, WHO, CBC, & Public Health Agency of Canada

Feel free to visit our blog post on basics of the Zika virus and stay tuned next week for another update. As always, let us know in the comments section if you have any questions or feedback!

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