Zika Virus Update – March 17, 2016

Zika Virus Updates - March 17, 2016

The Zika virus is continuing to spread, carried primarily through the Aedes mosquito. While there is still no definitive link between the virus and microcephaly or Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), efforts are being made to control the mosquito population. Here are the latest updates we have gathered for you.

Updated as of March 17, 2016

  • The Public Health Agency of Canada expects that the number of Zika virus-infected people will increase, as approximately three million Canadians are expected to travel to Zika-affected countries in 2016.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted preliminary approval to release genetically modified Aedes mosquitoes in Florida after determining that there would be no significant impact to human, animal, or plant life from the experiment. Oxitec, the British biotech firm that produced these mosquitoes, has genetically modified them so that the males produce offspring that cannot redproduce.
  • Currently, there are zero locally acquired and twenty-five travel-related cases of the Zika virus in Canada (+5 since last week)

Source: CDC, WHO, CBC, and 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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