The Zika Cases in the United States
The first case of the virus transmitted in the country has been confirmed in Texas.
The Zika virus has been transmitted in the United States for the first time through sexual contact, health officials said.
The case in Dallas County in Texas was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday. Until now, the more than 30 cases of the virusreported in the continental U.S. were among travelers who returned to the country from Latin America, which, particularly Brazil, has seen a spike in Zika cases in recent months.
The individual in Texas was infected with the mosquito-borne virus after having sexual contact with a Zika-infected person who had traveled to a country where the virus is present, according to the Dallas County Health and Human Services. The virus is usually transmitted by mosquito bites.
“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, the Dallas health department’s director. “Next to abstinence, condoms are the best prevention method against any sexually-transmitted infections.”
There is no specific medical treatment or vaccine for the Zika virus, thoughseveral pharmaceutical companies say they are working on one. There is no vaccine.
It is unclear whether after this case of sexual transmission the CDC will designate the continental U.S. an area where Zika
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