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Canada issues Zika travel warning for the Caribbean

Published:Tuesday | February 2, 2016 | 2:00 AM
Women wait their turn for their prenatal exams at the National Hospital for Women in San Salvador, El Salvador.

OTTAWA (CMC):

Canada has joined the United States in issuing a travel advisory for pregnant women travelling to the Caribbean in the wake of the outbreak of the Zika virus (ZIKV).

"It is recommended that pregnant women and those considering becoming pregnant discuss their travel plans with their health-care provider to assess their risk and consider postponing travel to areas where the Zika virus is circulating in the Americas," said The Public Health Agency of Canada in a statement issued here.

"If travel cannot be postponed, then strict mosquito bite prevention measures should be followed to protect themselves against bites," it added, stating that this should be done particularly for those travelling to areas where the Zika virus is circulating.

"There is no vaccine or medic-ation that protects against Zika virus infection," warned The Public Health Agency of Canada, urging potential travellers to

consult a health-care provider or visit a travel health-clinic

preferably six weeks before travel.

"Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times as the Zika virus is transmitted by a mosquito

that can bite in daylight and evening hours," it said. "This includes the use of insect repellant and protective clothing.

The Public Health Agency of Canada said prevention measures include using bed nets, and wearing long-sleeved, loose-fitting shirts tucked into long pants.

"If you develop symptoms similar to Zika virus infection when you are travelling, or after you return, see a health-care provider and tell them where you have been travelling or living," it said.

- AP