I thought I would share the great overview of the Zirka Virus as shared by the Hotel Association of Canada:
The Facts on the Zika Virus
Hotels already follow strict guidelines and protocols designed to help prevent the spread of diseases from the flu to less common illnesses, and the HAC will continue to monitor the latest developments tied to this virus issued by government and health officials.
In these kinds of evolving cases, it is imperative that we stay informed, be vigilant, and adhere to official guidelines. To that end, we encourage our members and guests to heed the Public Health Agency of Canada's guidelines and recommendations for travellers, particularly those who are traveling internationally.
While there is concern about the potential spread of the virus here in Canada, the overall risk to Canadians, in Canada, is very low, as mosquitoes known to transmit the virus are not established in Canada and are not well-suited to our climate. The risk to travellers to affected countries is low; however, pregnant women and those considering becoming pregnant, should take special precautions.
Below are some of the more pressing questions asked about the virus.
The HAC will continue to monitor this situation very closely and provide you with updates as appropriate.
What is the Zika Virus?
Zika is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.
What are the symptoms?
About 1 in 5 people infected with Zika will get sick. For people who get sick, the illness is usually mild. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected.
The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Symptoms typically begin 2 to 7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
How is it transmitted?
Zika is primarily transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes. It can also be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth. It is not yet known how often Zika is transmitted from mother to baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth.
Who can contract it?
Anyone who is living in or traveling to an area where Zika virus is found who has not already been infected with Zika virus is at risk for infection, including pregnant women.
Is traveling safe?
As of February 1, 2016 the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the spread of Zika in the Americas an international emergency to accelerate research and aid. Although the risk of virus establishment in Canada is low, there is ongoing risk to Canadians travelling to outbreak regions.
Daily updates and additional information can be found on the Public Health Agency of Canada's website.