Bulletin: Zika Virus
The Zika Virus is transmitted by the bite of a certain type of mosquito; currently, this virus is prevalent in South and Central America. Canadian women and men may come into contact with the virus if they have travelled to an affected area. For more information please visit BC Centre for Disease Control and to learn more about affected areas please visit the World Health Organization.
Symptoms may include: fever, headache, conjunctivitis (red eyes), rash, and joint pain. Symptoms may last up to a week. Most individuals infected are asymptomatic. It is particularly important for pregnant women who may have been to an infected area while pregnant to consult your healthcare provider for advice regarding testing and possible ultrasound evaluations. Guidelines are forthcoming from local public health and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada.
Pregnant women who decide to travel to affected areas should advise their healthcare providers and take precautions to avoid mosquito bites such as using mosquito nets, wearing long pants, and long sleeved clothing.
The Infectious Diseases Clinic provides expert advice and ongoing support to women with infectious diseases during pregnancy, pre-pregnancy and postpartum.
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
- Hepatitis C
- Hepatitis B
- Herpes Simplex
- Recurrent or complex vaginitis
Women with HIV infection are seen at the Oak Tree Clinic, a specialized multi-disciplinary clinic at BC Women's Hospital.