Zika Virus Update – March 24, 2016

Zika Virus Updates - March 24, 2016There continues to be a very low probability of Zika virus transmission in Canada, as well as some possible headway being made with finding a vaccine. See below for the latest updates that we have gathered for you.

Updated as of March 24, 2016

  • There continues to be a very low probability of Zika virus transmission in Canada, as the Public Health Agency of Canada reiterates that the mosquitoes responsible for transmitting the virus are not found in Canada due to our climate.
  • To date, there are zero locally acquired and thirty-two travel-related Zika virus cases in Canada (+7 since last week)
  • Ugandan virologists believe Africans have resistance to the Zika virus, as there is no record of Zika health problems when it first emerged in Africa 70 years ago. However, no tests have been done to verify this.
  • An analysis by Harvard Medical School researchers on surveys in Nigeria, Senegal, and other countries have found individuals with Zika antibodies in their blood samples. Further studies may expedite current vaccination research.

Source: CDC, Reuters, and the Public Health Agency of Canada

This is the last of our weekly updates, but we’ll have another update for you in a month! For the basics of the Zika virus, including what it is and how it spreads, see our initial Zika blog post. As always, let us know in the comments section if you have any questions or feedback.

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