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Zika Virus

The following is information for travellers going to countries with Zika virus infection:

Women who are pregnant or are of reproductive age:

  • Avoid travelling to countries where there are continuous outbreaks
  • If the trip cannot be postponed, strict personal protection must be used
  • After returning home from the country at risk, all travellers must either abstain from sexual relations or use a condom
  • Women of reproductive age must wait at least 2 MONTHS before having sex without the use of a condom
  • Women who are already pregnant must ensure that a condom be used during the entire pregnancy
(World update: May 2018)


  • You must use a condom for 6 MONTHS after returning home when you are with a partner who may become pregnant

If you are with a woman who is already pregnant, a condom must also be used during the entire pregnancy

Symptoms to watch out for:

  • Fever
  • Red eyes, conjunctivitis
  • Rash
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Edema (swelling of fluid in small joints of hands and feet)
  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Lack of energy

Help protect yourself against the ZIKA VIRUS by avoiding mosquito bites.

Note that mosquitoes can bite during the day and at night.
To help prevent bites:

  • Use an insect repellent that contains 28-30% DEET or 20% Picaridin
  • Wear light-coloured, long sleeved shirts and pants
  • Cover beds, cribs, playpens and strollers with mosquito netting

If you become ill during your trip, or approximately within 14 days of returning home, see a health care professional and tell them where you travelled.

Symptoms usually appear between 3 and 14 days after infection. The symptoms are usually mild and last from 2 to 7 days.

The information provided is for personal use, reference and education only and is not intended to be a substitute for a Physician’s advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please consult your healthcare professional for specific information on personal health matters. MD/MC 911979 Alberta Ltd. ©2018 Shoppers Drug Mart Inc.

For more information: Canada.ca/virus-zika

Source: Public Health Agency of Canada (phac-aspc.gc.ca) who.org
Source: CDC.org
Source: Canadian Pediatric Society
Source: Government of Canada: travel.gc.ca
Source: Pan American Health Organization
Source: Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada Modified on: November 20, 201