April 11 – Updated Zika Virus Statement
“Zika continues to be prevalent and there are still travel-related cases of Zika virus being reported in Canada from travelers returning from countries with ongoing Zika virus outbreaks. In particular, two USA states have been confirmed to have locally transmitted Zika virus cases in both Florida and Texas. As OFC has been advised by CDC, any state with active Zika within one of its cities will be considered a Zika risk area; therefore travel to the state itself, even if the traveler did not enter the Zika risk city, will be required to follow the precautions as listed below.
- Pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy should avoid travel to countries with ongoing Zika virus outbreaks.
- For female travelers returning from countries with ongoing Zika virus outbreaks:
- Pregnant women: if you develop symptoms that could be consistent with Zika virus infection, you should consult your family physician for testing.
- For women planning a pregnancy: it is strongly recommended that you wait at least two months before trying to conceive to ensure that any possible Zika virus infection has cleared your body.
- OFC will not actively treatanyone within those two months due to the risks.
- For male travelers, Zika virus can persist for an extended period of time in the semen of infected males, therefore
- It is strongly recommended that, if you have a pregnant partner, you should use condoms for the duration of the pregnancy.
- It is strongly recommended that you and your partner wait to conceive for six months by using a condom.
- OFC will not actively treatanyone using a male traveler’s sperm within those six months due to the risks.
- It is recommended that you should consider using condoms with any partner for six months.
Countries listed as high risk Zika areas can be found on: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/active-countries.html ”