November 10, 2016
Zika in the United States – Florida
Local mosquitoes in Florida have been found with the Zika virus and they are actively transmitting the virus to individuals in the state of Florida. Therefore, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is suggesting that all travellers at least postpone travelling to Florida, if they can. In addition, for those pregnant or planning to get pregnant (both males and females), PHAC suggests that they avoid travelling to areas in Florida with reported cases of Zika (Miami-Dade area, Miami Beach).
Why? The Zika virus has been reported to travel to a developing fetus from an expectant mother. Zika virus has been known to cause harm to a developing fetus, including symptoms such as neurological disorders and microcephaly.
The Zika virus is normally transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. In such cases, the virus can cause symptoms including fever, pink eye, headache, skin rashes, and joint/muscle pains. While most cases of Zika are mild, there is no vaccine or medication for Zika virus infections. Zika virus can also be transmitted sexually (mostly from males to their partner, although there has been one case of sexual transmission from a female to her partner). Zika virus stays in male semen for an extended period of time (6 months), so those wishing to engage in sexual intercourse must be very careful and take the appropriate precautions.
As of June 14, 2016, Zika virus is still considered a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization. There is no vaccine for Zika virus.
Source: www.cdc.govSee More Travel Advisories