Zika virus confirmed in New Brunswick, Canada

Image copyright Port Authority Image caption Port Authority officials are meeting with residents on Tuesday night in response to the virus

A strain of the mosquito-borne virus Zika has been confirmed in New Brunswick, according to officials.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries the virus, will likely carry the infection in New Brunswick.

The province of New Brunswick said it was taking extra measures to protect public health.

“We’ve learned with this first Aedes aegypti Zika case that it is a substantial increase in risk,” says Minister for Economic Development Averil Macdonald.

The province is also calling on residents to wear long sleeves and pants when outside, and to keep their mosquito breeding sites restricted.

Over the past few months, the United States has suffered an increase in the number of cases of the Zika virus. There are currently 115 confirmed cases in New Jersey, according to health officials.

The new cases in New Brunswick bring the total number of cases in the province to 112.

Port Authority New Brunswick said on Monday evening that the new cases came to light on Sunday, after a healthy teenager tested positive for the virus.

“We have put in place several measures, to help prevent and respond to additional cases of Zika-carrying mosquitoes, including the introduction of tents with natural barriers and air conditioning that runs on chemical repellent,” said Mike Gravelle, director of the Port Authority’s environmental services division.

Port Authority New Brunswick said the new cases would be housed in an isolation unit that would not be visible to the public.

Residents of the area affected by the outbreak will be notified about the facility and will be asked to close all vents and vents to their homes, to try to reduce the mosquito population in their homes.

The first case of Zika virus in New Brunswick was on 18 August when a young baby was born with Zika-related microcephaly.

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