What You Need to Know about Zika Virus

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Zika Virus, trying to get pregnant & traveling What You Need to Know

The risk assessment is reviewed on a regular basis; refer to the Health Canada webpage for latest update on Zika virus. You are probably wondering how does the Zika virus affect Canadian fertility patients? Today, Zika is not endemic in Canada, so if neither you nor your partner travel outside of Canada, there are no direct concerns. The latest updates on countries affected by Zika virus are listed on the Health Canada website. If women have been to in Zika affected area (ie , South Asia, Western Pacific Islands, and South and Central America, including the Caribbean, and Mexico) regardless of symptoms, Health Canada had been recommending birth control for 2 months. For men, it has been 6 months. We continue to advise couples and individuals hoping to conceive to not travel to areas with endemic Zika exposure. And ultimately, we will defer to Health Canada recommendations, which can be found here.

  1. Zika virus infection Zika virus is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes.
  2. It can also be transmitted by an infected pregnant woman to her developing baby and sexually transmitted by an infected man to his partner.
  3. Symptoms: can include fever, headache, conjunctivitis (pink eye) and skin rash, along with joint and muscle pain. The disease is typically mild and lasts only a few days.
  4. There is no cure for Zika virus disease.
  5. Zika virus is occurring in many regions of the world; currently there is ongoing local transmission in many countries of South Asia, Western Pacific Islands, and South and Central America, including the Caribbean, and Mexico.
  6. According to Vamos Spanish Academy in South American countries like Argentina and Chile were not affected mostly because of their climate and geographical position.

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For the latest updates on countries affected by Zika virus please visit:

Public Health Agency of Canada’s list of countries with reported locally acquired Zika virus.

 

If you want more information please contact the office of Dr. Kirk Lo ( Vasectomy Reversal Specialist in Toronto

 

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