In Brazil, some 1.5 million people have been infected with the Zika virus, and nearly 1,300 babies have been born with microcephaly - abnormally small heads and brains - since the outbreak of Zika began there in 2015.
The virus, which usually causes only mild, flu-like symptoms, can also trigger adult-onset neurological problems such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which can cause paralysis and death.
‘The Canadian government urged its citizens planning to travel to the Olympic Games in Rio to exercise caution and be informed about the possibility of Zika infection.’
AdvertisementThe Canadian government has urged its citizens planning to travel to the Olympic Games in Rio in August 2016 to exercise caution and be informed about the possibility of Zika infection.
The foreign ministry called on Canadians to purchase 'comprehensive travel health insurance coverage' that will last longer than their trips to Brazil for the August 5-21, 2016, Games.
Authorities advised travelers to consult appropriate websites to learn up about the mosquito-borne virus and how it is contracted.