The first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus has been confirmed in Canada.
The individual is from Ontario; it’s suspected they picked up the virus from a partner diagnosed with the virus after travelling to an affected country.
There have been no confirmed cases of infection via mosquito bites and the Public Health Agency of Canada says the overall risk is very low. Mosquitoes known to transmit the virus are not well suited to our climate, and they are not established in Canada.
The Agency, along with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, say this emphasizes the need for people who travel to Zika-affected countries, and their sexual partners, to take precautions to protect themselves.
From the Government of Canada webiste: