Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, has confirmed its first wave of Zika virus in the capital after an individual tested positive for the virus.
The patient had gone to Colombia in the South Americas and returned into the capital with the virus. It is unknown if the patient is male or female, though it has been confirmed the patient is not pregnant.
Although small cases (Nine, 9) have previously been reported in certain States in Canada -in British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec —this is the first case in its capital, Ontario.
In a statement released to the press, Friday, by the ministry’s province Chief Medical Officer; it read;
Public Health Ontario received positive test results for the virus in an individual who had traveled to Colombia.
The ministry did not confirm whether the person affected is a man or a woman, but did say that the patient is not pregnant.
From the beginning of the outbreak in Central and South America, we have taken steps to ensure our health system and our partners are prepared should a returning traveler be suspected of having the virus.
Anyone who has traveled to countries affected by the virus should speak with their health-care provider, who can advise them on the need for testing.
The risk to Ontarians remains “very low” as mosquitoes known to transmit the virus are not established in Canada and not suited to this country’s climate.
Ensuring that Ontarians are fully informed about emerging and infectious diseases such as Zika virus is a priority.
The ministry will continue to update Ontarians and health care providers on the status of Zika virus as updates are received from the Public Health Agency of Canada, World Health Organization, Pan American Health Organization and U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
Since the first cases popped up in Brazil in May last year, Zika infections have gone viral in South and Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean, CBC reports.
Though most people show no symptoms after contracting the virus, others experience rash, red eyes, joint pain and fever.
The virus which is constantly linked to Brazil records over four-thousand-four-hundred cases of infants with small heads – a condition called (microcephaly) – born to women who probably got infected while pregnant.
Some of the infants also displayed Guillain-Barre syndrome “a neurological condition that can cause muscle weakness or even partial paralysis”.
According to the Health Minister Jane Philpott, Wednesday:
The number of Canadians infected with the Zika virus has risen to nine. There have been no cases of locally transmitted Zika virus in Canada.
We can assume that they were most likely mosquito-borne, but they were all contracted [outside] the country, not local transmission.
The minister did not confirm if the virus was or could be sexually transmitted.
The World Health Organization disclosed that vaccines to protect against Zika virus are at least 18 months away from large-scale trials. It had also stated earlier that Canada was one of the countries that could not get the virus.
So far, all transmissions have been limited to mosquito bites.
Mosquitoes have always been in existence, its a marvel they suddenly decided to become infectious.
Is it nature fighting back or something else?
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