Did you know that the United States (US) has recorded a first case of the much dreaded Zika Virus transmitted through sex?
Recent reports have verified that Dallas Texas recorded a first patent who did not get the infection from a mosquito. The Dallas County Health and Human Services Department reported that a patient with the Zika virus was infected after having sex with his spouse who had returned from Venezuela, where the disease is fast spreading.
Reports have it that the officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the Zika infection, and the Dallas County officials had performed the public health follow-up to decide if the infection was sexually transmitted. However, the CDC has said people should avoid having unprotected sex with those who have been exposed to the virus. The CDC also said it will soon offer guidance on sexual transmission, with more attention on the male sexual partners of women who are or who may be pregnant.
“Sexual partners can protect each other by using condoms to prevent spreading sexually transmitted infections. People who have Zika virus infection can protect others by preventing additional mosquito bites.” CDC Director Tom Frieden said.
History Of Zika Virus Transmission Through Sex:
The issue of Zika Transmission through sex is said to have been discovered in 2008 and 2013 respectively. For the former, a Colorado microbiologist named Brian Foy contracted Zika Virus after his travel to Senegal. He later reported that his wife came down with the disease a few days later even though she had not left northern Colorado and was not exposed to any mosquitoes carrying the virus. Hence his wife contracted it days after they had intercourse.
For that of 2013, a 44-year-old Tahitian man in French Polynesia tested positive for Zika through samples of his semen. The virus can also be linked to birth, meaning that it can be transmitted during labour, and blood transfusion.
What You Need To Know About Zika Virus
• The virus is transmitted when an Aedes mosquito bites a person. The person automatically get infected and becomes a carrier too. The female Aedes aegypti, the primary carrier of Zika, is an aggressive biter
• Zika virus belongs to the family of yellow fever, dengue and West Nile.
• There is no vaccine for its treatment for now.
• The virus has a link with microcephaly. Microcephaly is a disorder that leads to babies being born with abnormally small/ little heads.
• Fever, headache, rash and possible pink eyes are possible mild symptoms of the deadly virus.
• The virus is now being locally transmitted in Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Suriname, Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Venezuela, and Haiti.
• The only way to stay safe from the virus is by restricting movement to affected countries/areas.
• The only way to push-off Zika is to maintain a healthy environment by clearing stagnant water where mosquitoes breed, and protect against mosquito bites.