Published On: Wed, Feb 3rd, 2016

Alert: Zika virus can be sexually transmitted

Health officials in Texas confirmed the first Zika virus case caused by having a sexual contact with an infected person in the United States; it is the country first case of local transmission of the virus.

The outbreak now includes south and Central America, before that, researchers first identified the virus back in 1947 after a fever developed in monkeys in the Zika forest in Uganda, and they believe that it has mutated then back in 2013 they reported Zika virus in the semen of one of their male patients.

CDC (centers for disease control & prevention) in the USA issued a statement saying that based on what they know until now the best way to avoid Zika virus infection is to prevent mosquito bites and to avoid exposure to semen from someone who has been exposed to the virus or has been ill, and that sexual partners can protect themselves by using condoms to prevent transmitting the virus sexually.

According to CDC if you have Zika during the first week it can be found in the blood and can be passed from an infected person to another mosquito through mosquito bites.

The symptoms are mild fever, skin rash, and joint pain.

It is very crucial to start taking measurements of prevention like awareness campaigns and educating the public on how to  protect themselves and others sexually.

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