The Canadian Press

2016-05-16 | NS Zika Virus

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Nova Scotia is reporting its first confirmed case of Zika virus. The Department of Health and Wellness issued a statement today saying a woman acquired the virus while travelling in a country affected by the outbreak. Dr. Frank Atherton, deputy chief medical officer, says the woman is fully recovered. He says it's important that women who are pregnant be aware of the risks of the virus as it has been linked to birth defects. (The mosquito-borne Zika virus is an epidemic in Central and Latin America, and the World Health Organization has declared it a global health emergency. It causes mild illness or no symptoms in most people but is believed to be linked to a birth defect that causes babies to be born with unusually small heads.)

Date: 2016-05-16
Placeline: HALIFAX.
Source: The Canadian Press
Length: 18 seconds

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