Canadian researchers join international fight against Zika
“In collaboration with their counterparts in Latin America and the Caribbean, these Canadian scientists will help answer some of the many outstanding questions we have about the Zika virus, ultimately providing evidence that will inform public health policy and improve how governments respond to outbreaks of the virus.”
- Jane Philpott
Minister of Health
“The health research community is only beginning to come to grips with this dangerous pathogen. These three research teams have the potential to shed new light on the Zika virus and save lives. They may come up with faster ways to test for infection, finding the best methods to stop the mosquitoes that spread the virus and develop therapies that are effective against Zika.”
- Dr. Marc Ouellette
Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity
“This initiative is key to helping protect populations in the Americas and Canada from Zika and other related diseases. Zika is an insidious virus that exacts a severe burden on vulnerable groups in Latin America, particularly mothers, children and poor urban populations facing limited access to health services. This funding will allow leading researchers from Latin America and Canada to collaborate on cutting-edge research, discovering new knowledge and tools to more rapidly detect, respond and control the virus.”
- Jean Lebel
President, International Development Research Centre
To date, there have been 481 cases of Zika virus detected in Canada, most of which have been travel related, although the virus can also be transmitted from mother to fetus and sexually transmitted. There are currently no cures for Zika virus infections or vaccines available against the virus.
Zika is linked to severe birth defects, like microcephaly, and neurological disorders including Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare condition in which the body’s immune system attacks its nervous system.
The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy avoid travel to countries or areas in the United States, like Florida, with reported mosquito-borne Zika virus.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
International Development Research Centre
At the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) we know that research has the power to change lives. As Canada's health research investment agency, we collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system.
About the International Development Research Centre
Part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, IDRC invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve lives and livelihoods in the developing world. Bringing together the right partners around opportunities for impact, IDRC builds leaders for today and tomorrow and helps drive large-scale positive change.
Report a problem or mistake on this page
- Date modified: