Zika Virus Updates – August 16, 2016

Zika Virus Updates - August 16, 2016The biggest Zika news of the month is no doubt the landing of local transmission in the continental US. What does that mean for Canada? As we do every month, we’ve compiled a list of pertinent updates for you below.

Updated as of August 15, 2016

  • To date, Canada has seen two locally acquired cases of Zika infection through sexual transmission, two maternal-to-fetal cases of transmission, and 205 travel-related cases (+62 since last month). However, there are no documented cases of Zika infections in Canada from local mosquitoes.
  • The United States has reported its first cases of locally transmitted Zika virus in the continental US. This currently only affects a limited area in South Florida.
  • The Public Health Agency of Canada has increased travel levels of risk related to Zika Virus from Level 1 to Level 2.
    Zika Virus Travel Risk Level - Aug 16, 2016
    As of August 12, 2016, travelers should exercise a high degree of caution when travelling to the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico, South America, Southeast Asia, Ocean Pacific Islands, and limited areas in North America and West Africa. For more details about travel risks and travel health notices, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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

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