Health officials in Canada are joining their American counterparts in issuing warnings to pregnant women travelling to the Miami, Florida area.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Public Health Agency began warning pregnant Canadian women who recently visited Miami-Dade county to take precautions against the Zika virus.
Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Gregory Taylor says four million Canadians visit Florida each year but it’s unknown how many could be impacted by the virus.
Any pregnant women who visited the area on or after June 15th is urged to contact their health care providers and any women who recently visited the region should wait at least two months before trying to conceive while men should wait several more months as the virus can linger in sperm.
The warnings out of Canada come hours after U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised pregnant women to avoid an area of Miami where experts believe 14 cases of Zika have surfaced, all apparently from mosquitoes.
The trendy Miami neighbourhood of Wynwood, made up of art galleries, restaurants and boutiques, is popular with residents and tourists.
It’s believed mosquitoes in the area are transmitting Zika virus directly to humans.