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.