The Canadian health-systems public health agency has responded to the outbreak of the Zika virus in the Americas, saying it is taking precautions to prevent a repeat of the same scenario.
Canadian officials said on Tuesday that they are treating more than 3,000 people in Montreal and Toronto for the virus, including at least 10 in the Montreal area.
Health Canada said there are no current confirmed cases of Zika in the three regions.
It said the virus has been detected in some samples of blood, but is currently not spreading.
Health Minister Rona Ambrose said the health-providers response has been thorough and that it has made some important decisions.
She said the agency has also taken measures to improve communications between health-service providers and the public.
Ambrose said Health Canada is working closely with health care providers to identify individuals with symptoms of the virus and has begun to offer some support to them.
Canada has about 1,000 public health workers, who are among the most highly trained and equipped in the world, and they are among those who have received the most vaccines, she said.
We are going to continue to work with health- care providers and health- systems to find solutions that are effective and appropriate, Ambrose said.
The health-services minister did not say when the government would start offering vaccines for Zika.
Zika is not transmitted through sex, although it can be transmitted through close contact, such as kissing.
The virus can also be transmitted via the saliva of infected people.