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posted by martyb on Thursday February 04 2016, @07:28AM   Printer-friendly
from the Trojan-DEET dept.

The outbreak of the Zika virus has reached the U.S., and the virus was likely transmitted through sexual contact rather than a mosquito bite:

The first known case of Zika virus transmission in the United States was reported in Texas on Tuesday by local health officials, who said it likely was contracted through sex and not a mosquito bite, a day after the World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency.

The virus, linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, is spreading rapidly in the Americas, and WHO officials on Tuesday expressed concern that it could hit Africa and Asia as well. Zika had been thought to be spread by the bite of mosquitoes of the Aedes genus, so sexual contact as a mode of transmission would be a potentially alarming development.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed it was the first U.S. Zika case in someone who had not traveled abroad in the current outbreak, said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden on Twitter. However, the CDC has not investigated how the virus was transmitted.

After this case, the CDC advised men to consider using condoms after traveling to areas with the Zika virus. Pregnant women should avoid contact with semen from men exposed to the virus.

CDC Zika page.

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Thursday February 04 2016, @12:11PM

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {}> on Thursday February 04 2016, @12:11PM (#298947) Journal

    I got a reply back 4 hours ago that said "In the future, you may contact Media Relations’ CDC Newsroom directly using the contact information below:".

    From this we can conclude that I am a manifestation of the Zika virus.

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  • (Score: 2) by aristarchus on Thursday February 04 2016, @10:36PM

    by aristarchus (2645) on Thursday February 04 2016, @10:36PM (#299199) Journal

    From this we can conclude

    Don't ya just love the smell of diagnostic non sequiturs in the morning?

    Am glad that is all settled, then.