Dallas County reports sexually transmitted Zika case in U.S.

Chron – by Markian Hawryluk

Dallas County Health and Human Services has confirmed a case of Zika infection through sexual transmission, the first confirmed case of locally acquired Zika in the current outbreak.

According to public health officials, the patient was infected after having sexual contact with an ill person who returned from a country where Zika is circulating.  

“Now that we know Zika virus can be transmitted through sex, this increases our awareness campaign in educating the public about protecting themselves and others,” Dallas County Health and Human Services director Zachary Thompson said. “Next to abstinence, condoms are the best prevention method against any sexually transmitted infections.”

Health officials cautioned that sexual transmission of Zika is still likely to be uncommon in the U.S., and the greater infection risk will come from mosquitoes who bite infected individuals and pass the virus on to others.

In 2007, a CDC researcher brought Zika virus back from Senegal and infected his wife, who hadn’t traveled with him. And in 2013, during a Zika outbreak in French Polynesia, researchers isolated the virus in the semen of a patient.

There remains no documented cases of Zika virus infection by mosquito bite in the U.S. All other cases diagnosed in the U.S. have been linked with travel to affected regions of Latin America.


4 thoughts on “Dallas County reports sexually transmitted Zika case in U.S.

  1. I am not going to worry about this virus.
    This media noise about a new virus is just that. Noise
    These virus reports cover for the people getting damaged by vaccinations,
    pollutants, contaminants, deliberate poisoning and who knows what else.
    Remember, Corporate profits come before the health of the people.

  2. Gee… The same city that gave us the Ebola hoax over a year ago. Yea, the elite are bringing out their same old bag of tricks again. Yawn!

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