The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is poised to start very early clinical trials on a Zika vaccine this year. All three cases are confirmed to be non-pregnant women who had traveled to either Colombia or Venezuela.
"Health experts and researchers are working to strengthen the connection between the Zika virus in the mother and any potential connection to this poor health outcome", says Tompkins.
Zika is spread by mosquitoes.
Chan said the virus, which is linked to the birth defect microcephaly, is "spreading explosively".
Zika is spread by mosquitoes and in most people causes no more than mild illness but, pregnant Canadian women interested in going to Central or South America, Mexico or the Caribbean need know the risks.
Zika is transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes, which also transmit chikungunya and dengue viruses and which are present in every country of the Americas except Canada and continental Chile.
He said his department remains in close contact with the Irish Health Service Executive and the country's missions in the Americas in relation to this outbreak and will continue to review the travel advice as appropriate.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends special precautions for pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant: when traveling to locations where Zika has been detected.
Health Minister JP Nadda said that India is closely monitoring the situation and taking all the necessary steps to ensure the country is well prepared.
The WHO will have an emergency committee on Monday to decide if the Zika virus outbreak should be declared in worldwide health emergency.
About one in five people infected with Zika virus will develop symptoms, which include fever, rash, joint pain, and pink eye. He says, "A person will be infected from a mosquito bite, will increase their levels of virus".
If or when Zika is locally transmitted, for those who are not expecting, the virus is usually mild and not a danger to future births.
'Kung Fu Panda 3' delivers the expected
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