Zika virus confirmed in Canada

First official case affects resident of Ontario after partner travelled to country where disease is prevalent

The first official sexually transmitted case of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Canada.

Announced by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Health, the case is reported to involve a resident of Ontario whose partner travelled to a country where the disease is prevalent. No further details about the person involved have thus far been released.

The diagnosis was made following testing by the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.

In addition, reports are also suggesting there is another possible case of the virus in the country. A woman in Saskatchewan is believed to have contracted the virus after having sex with a man who also travelled overseas. However, this case has not yet been confirmed.

In total there have been a further 55 Zika cases among Canadian residents, including two pregnant women – however, the residents in question were hit with the virus due to travelling in disease-affected regions where mosquito bites are the primary way to be struck. The latest examples, however, are the first reported in the country that relate to sexual transmissions.

The disease normally resolves itself within a week and often has no symptoms, but has recently been linked with thousands of cases in Brazil of children being born with abnormally small heads.