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:

  • rash
  • fever
  • nausea
  • red eyes
  • vomiting
  • headaches
  • 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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Type: Poster

Date published: 2019-01-14

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