Ottawa (AFP) - The Canadian government on Wednesday urged its citizens planning to travel to the Olympic Games in Rio next month to exercise caution and be informed about the possibility of Zika infection.
The foreign ministry called on Canadians to purchase "comprehensive travel health insurance coverage" that will last longer than their trips to Brazil for the August 5-21 Games.
Authorities advised travelers to consult appropriate websites to learn up about the mosquito-borne virus and how it is contracted.
In Brazil, some 1.5 million people have been infected with the virus, and nearly 1,300 babies have been born with microcephaly -- abnormally small heads and brains -- since the outbreak of Zika began there last year.
The virus, which usually causes only mild, flu-like symptoms, can also trigger adult-onset neurological problems such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which can cause paralysis and death.