August 2, 2016 3:06 pm
Updated: August 3, 2016 8:57 am

Pregnant Canadian women urged to avoid parts of Florida due to Zika virus

WATCH ABOVE: There is now a 15th case of locally transmitted Zika virus in South Florida. The newest case in Miami-Dade County was reported outside Miami's Wynwood neighborhood where the nation’s first cluster of local infections was reported. Hena Daniels reports.


OTTAWA – The Public Health Agency is telling pregnant Canadian women who visited Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida on or after June 15 to take precautions against the Zika virus.

The warning comes after U.S. health officials said mosquitoes have apparently started spreading Zika on the U.S. mainland.

WATCH: ‘I felt like an old lady’: Florida woman who contracted Zika describes experience

Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Gregory Taylor says because four million Canadians visit Florida annually, an unknown number could be affected by the latest U.S. discovery.

READ MORE: Mosquitoes now spreading Zika virus in US, officials warn

Taylor says any pregnant women who visited the area on or after June 15 should see their health care providers for testing.

He says women who have been to the region should wait two months before trying to become pregnant.

And because the virus can linger in sperm, men should wait several months longer.

© 2016 The Canadian Press

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