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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sexually transmitted Zika virus in Texas

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 2:52 PM

The New York Times reports

A case of Zika virus infection transmitted by sex, rather than mosquito bite, was reported in Texas on Monday.

The Dallas County Health and Human Services Department reported that a patient with Zika virus was infected after having sex with an ill individual who had returned from Venezuela, where Zika is circulating.

Scientists have previously suspected that Zika could be sexually transmitted. 

The Arkansas Department of Health reported last week that an Arkansas resident had been diagnosed with mosquito-transmitted Zika after returning from a trip abroad. 

From the Department of Health's press release a week ago: 

“Arkansas residents traveling to Central or South America or the Caribbean, where Zika is present, should take precautions against mosquitoes. If you are pregnant, consider postponing your trip,” said Dr. Nate Smith, Arkansas Department of Health Director and State Health Officer. “Arkansas has the kind of mosquitoes that carry Zika virus, so mosquitoes here in Arkansas can become infected with the virus if they bite someone who has Zika. For this reason, people traveling to countries with Zika should avoid mosquito bites for 10 days after they return. Travelers to areas where Zika is present should also go to their doctor if they experience any of the symptoms associated with Zika within three to seven days after they return.” 

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