Health Officials in the U.S. say four cases of the Zika Virus in Florida may have been transmitted by local mosquitos.
If that’s the case, could we see the tropical mosquito make its way to Canada or B.C. in the near future?
Dr. Muhammad Morshed with the BC Centre for Disease Control says he anticipates more travel related Zika cases in BC but he doesn’t expect homegrown cases.
“Florida is far from us, fortunately we do not have those mosquito species that could transmit the Zika virus here in B.C. I think that we are ok, we are not anticipating any endemic cases.”
“There are hundreds of species, they are not all present in the states and provinces. Pacific west coast, we have different species. We have lots of mosquitos but we don’t have the species that are capable of spreading Zika virus in B.C.”
Dr. Morshed can’t say the same for areas somewhat closer to Florida, like Southern Ontario or Quebec, because mosquito species can differ between provinces.
Canada has seen 168 cases of the virus, 19 of them here in B.C.