Sexually Transmitted Case of Zika Virus Found in US, Dallas Health Dept. Says
DALLAS, Texas —
The Zika virus has been sexually transmitted between two people in the U.S., according to a report by the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department.
A patient contracted the disease in Dallas County after having sexual contact with a person who was infected with the Zika virus in a country where Zika virus was present, the agency said today.
"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," said Zachary Thompson, director of the Dallas County Health Department. "Next to abstinence, condoms are the best prevention method against any sexually transmitted infections."
The Zika virus is usually spread through mosquito bites, although in extremely rare cases it has been reported to be transmitted from mother and child during birth and through sexual contact and blood transfusions.
The Zika virus outbreak continues to spread, with at least 28 countries/territories identified as having current outbreaks of the virus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The disease usually results in mild symptoms including fever and rash that end after about a week. However, it has been associated with a rise of a dangerous birth defect called microcephaly, where an infant has an abnormally small head, leading to potentially serious developmental delays.