Poster - Advice to travellers returning from Zika-affected countries

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Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada

Type: Poster

Date published: 2016-02-29

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Zika virus is primarily spread to people through the bite of infected mosquitoes.

Zika virus infection in a pregnant woman could be transmitted to her developing baby. It has also been reported to be transmitted through:

  • Sexual contact with semen from an infected man
  • Blood transfusions from infected donors

If you are a:

  • Woman wishing to become pregnant – wait at least two months before trying to conceive to ensure that any possible Zika virus infection has cleared your body.
  • Man – if your partner is pregnant, use condoms for the duration of the pregnancy; with all other partners, use a condom for six months after your return.
  • Blood donor – wait at least 21 days after your return to donate blood

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.

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