Zika virus warning issued to New Brunswick travellers
Acting chief medical officer of health advises those heading to affected countries to take precaution
The outbreak of the Zika virus in Central and South America is now starting to impact on the travel plans of some New Brunswickers.
The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes and has been found in about 20 southern countries. It is believed the virus is linked to birth defects.
"Anybody that is pregnant, or choosing to become pregnant in the next little while, should really seek advice from their health-care professional about their travel plans, and make a decision about postponing, or not," said Russell.
Travel agent Marilyn Baird has already dealt with cancellations due to the virus.
"I was speaking with a colleague of mine who does a lot of destination weddings and she has had a couple of cancellations," said Baird. "There's been people in the wedding group, that were pregnant, who have chosen not to travel."
No cases of Zika virus are known to have originated in Canada, but some travelling Canadians have brought the virus back to the country with them.
Some people spoken to about the virus on Thursday in Fredericton said if there was a risk associated with the virus, they weren't prepared to take it.
"There's no way I would go anywhere," said Jennifer O'Leary.
"I'm sure that we would stay away from infected areas, or areas that were more prone to it," said Ruthie English.
"It's a concern, but I don't feel threatened by it, if that's what you mean," said Tianna Gerber. "I mean, any kind of disease or virus is upsetting, but I don't feel personally threatened by it."
Anyone travelling to any of the 20 affected countries is advised to take precautions, including the use of bug spray and netting to avoid any possible contact with mosquitoes.