B.C.’s chief medical health officer confirms two British Columbians have contracted the Zika virus, but neither of them did so at home.
One had been travelling to El Salvador, the other to Colombia.
Dr. Perry Kendall says it’s one of the reasons they’re warning pregnant women who may be travelling to Central and South America, or the Caribbean.
He says the virus is spread through a particular type of mosquito and can cause birth defects.
“We don’t have those mosquitoes in British Columbia because the climate doesn’t favour it.”
Kendall says the risk of spreading it from person-to-person is also incredibly unlikely.