Advice for Canadians travelling to Zika–affected countries and areas
Protect against Zika virus by preventing mosquito bites
Pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy
- Avoid travel to Zika-affected countries and areas.
- If travel cannot be avoided or postponed, strict mosquito bite prevention measures should be followed.
- Discuss your travel plans with a health care professional at least 6 weeks before you travel and follow up upon your return.
- ALWAYS use condoms or avoid having sex for the duration of your pregnancy if your partner has travelled to a Zika-affected country or area.
Mosquitoes bite in daylight and evening hours
Prevent mosquito bites:
- Use approved insect repellent and apply it properly
- Cover up by wearing light-coloured, loose clothing, long pants and tucked-in long-sleeved shirts with closed-toe shoes or boots and a hat
- Stay in indoor areas that are completely enclosed or well-screened
- Use mosquito netting (bed net) when sleeping outdoors or staying in a building that is not completely enclosed or does not have functioning screens or doors and to cover playpens, cribs or strollers
Monitor your health and watch for these symptoms:
Most people infected with Zika virus will have no symptoms or will have only mild symptoms which can include:
- red eyes
- lack of energy
- muscle or joint pain
If you get sick while travelling or within 14 days after your return, see a health care professional and tell them where you have been travelling or living.
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