Advice to travellers to Zika–affected countries

Protect against Zika virus by preventing mosquito bites

Pregnant Women & those planning a pregnancy

  • Avoid travel to areas of ongoing Zika virus outbreaks.
  • If travel cannot be avoided or postponed, strict mosquito bite prevention measures should be followed.

Mosquitoes bite in daylight and evening hours

Prevent mosquito bites:

  • Use insect repellent
  • Cover up: wear light-coloured long-sleeved shirts and long pants
  • Use bed nets: use them also to cover playpens, cribs or strollers
  • Stay in rooms with air conditioning
  • Keep windows/door screens in good repair

Monitor your health and watch for these symptoms:

  • low-grade fever
  • rash
  • red eyes
  • muscle or joint pain
  • lack of energy
  • headaches

If you get sick while travelling or within 14 days after your return, see a health care provider and tell them where you have been travelling or living.

For more information: Canada.ca/zika-virus

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Date published: 2016-03-14

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