MONTREAL – There is one confirmed case of the Zika virus in Quebec, according to the province’s Director of Public Health Dr. Horacio Arruda.
The organization would not provide any details, only saying that the person affected had recently travelled outside of Canada.
Arruda insisted there is no risk to the public as the mosquitos that transmit the disease aren’t able to survive in such cold climates.
The disease can’t be passed from person-to-person.
“Quebecers who travel to countries affected by the Zika virus could still develop symptoms when they return home,” said Arruda.
“The virus can be highly dangerous to unborn children, so women who are pregnant or who are planning to get pregnant are advised to reconsider travelling to the affected destinations.”
The incubation period is usually between three to 12 days; the illness can last up to a week.
Symptoms can include fever, joint pain, red eyes, rash and muscle pain, lack of energy and headaches.
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