The first confirmed case of the Zika virus has been reported in Saskatchewan, but it’s only a real concern if you’re pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
The virus has been linked to infants being born with microcephaly (abnormal smallness of the head).
Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Saqib Shahab says women and their partners should use proper protection if they have traveled recently, because the virus can be sexually transmitted.
Otherwise, Shahab says unless you have traveled to an affected country and are showing symptoms of fever, rash or joint pain, you don’t need to worry.
“If you are not pregnant and have traveled, and have no symptoms, there is no need to get tested because Zika is otherwise a mild self-limiting illness.”
There are 14 confirmed cases of the virus within Canada, and 29 countries affected world-wide.
The Public Health Agency of Canada says the type of mosquitoes transmitting the virus are not found in Canada.