February 25, 2016 10:26 pm
Updated: February 26, 2016 3:26 pm

Two new lab confirmed cases of Zika virus in Alberta

In this Feb. 11, 2016, file photo, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes float in a mosquito cage at a laboratory in Cucuta, Colombia.


CALGARY – More cases of Zika virus have surfaced in Alberta. On its website, Alberta Health confirms four cases of Zika virus in the province, one in 2013 and three in 2016.

All four cases were acquired outside the country and those infected do not pose a risk to the public, according to Alberta Health.

Before today, two cases were confirmed in Alberta, including the patient in 2013.

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Another case was confirmed in Saskatchewan, bringing the Canadian total to 14, according to the Public Health Authority of Canada.

Health Officials have always said the mosquitos that transmit Zika virus do not live in Canada due to the climate.

To date, there have been no cases of Zika virus contracted within Canada.

Zika virus is spread in the Americas and the South Pacific.

Canadians are at risk if travelling to those areas where Zika is present.

With files from the Canadian Press.

© 2016 Shaw Media

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