Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan May Have Canada's First Case of Zika Transmitted through Sex

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan May Have Canada's First Case of Zika Transmitted through Sex

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Saskatchewan may have case of Zika through sex

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REGINA - Health officials in Saskatchewan say they are investigating what's believed to be Canada's first possible case of the Zika virus being spread through sex.

Dr. Denise Werker, Saskatchewan's deputy chief medical health officer, said a woman is believed to have contracted the virus after having sex with a man who had travelled to a country where Zika is prevalent.

Werker said the case has yet to be confirmed, but she wanted to release the information to make sure people take the proper precautions when they travel during March break.

"A lot of people will be travelling to countries where Zika virus is circulating," she said. "We wanted to make sure that persons who are travelling know about the precautions they should take."

She said it's recommended men use condoms for six months after travelling to an affected country.

"Men can transmit Zika virus to women and the virus can remain in men's semen for longer periods of time than it can remain in the blood. …

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