Zika virus infection 'through sex' reported in US


#1

The first known case of the Zika virus being sexually transmitted in the US has been reported in Texas.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed a patient was infected in Dallas County, health officials in Texas said.

A patient was apparently infected after having sexual contact with someone who returned from a country where the disease is present.

bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35478778

It occurred in Dallas County, TX. I was sorry to see this. I have no idea what this means for frequency of future virus transmission. Praying for everyone affected.


#2

Something to be on the alert over.

I don’t know what is going to happen when some comes, a lot of those kinds of mosquitos live in the US, I saw it on a map.


#3

I don’t know what will happen when summer comes (not some comes), we have lots of that kind of mosquito here, I saw it on a map.


#4

Zika’s real threat isn’t sexual transmission, it’s mosquito borne transmission. The projected areas where Zika could get a foothold in the US and become a limited epidemic are similar to where Dengue spreads easily in the US. Namely the south where mosquitos and other vector bugs are most plentiful.


#5

It is still unknown how long the virus remains transmittable via semen.


#6

One case, and one case only. And the actual course of the disease is quite mild, provided that one is not pregnant.


#7

That’s the big IF with Zika. It’s a largely benign disease save for women in their first trimester in particular. Then it can be quite often devastating and even lethal to a fetus. It’s potential for damage is so bad that El Salvador has asked women to refrain from getting pregnant until 2018. And they’re not even the country with the worst of the outbreak.


#8

The disease may not kill an adult.

I don’t want to misunderstand one’s words but the symptoms and illness associated certainly do not indicate the actual course of the disease is “quite mild” to me.


#9

Don’t take my word for it; here’s from the Centers for Disease Control.

cdc.gov/zika/symptoms/

•About 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus become ill (i.e., develop Zika).
•The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) for Zika virus disease is not known, but is likely to be a few days to a week.
•**The illness is usually mild **with symptoms lasting for several days to a week.
•Zika virus usually remains in the blood of an infected person for a few days but it can be found longer in some people.
•Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.
•Deaths are rare.


#10

the symptoms are relatively mild. it is not the plague or ebola. the people who most need to be concerned are pregnant women.


#11

The symptoms can and maybe usually are relatively mild but they can be very bad as well. Maybe those cases are rare.

Last November:

Brazil’s ministry of health linked two deaths and an unusual increase in the number of cases of microcephaly to Zika virus infection, according to a press release.

If confirmed, the recent deaths would be the first Zika virus-related deaths ever reported, the release said.

healio.com/infectious-disease/emerging-diseases/news/online/%7Bbce85f4e-e61b-4b9a-a41e-d49a5fb49a97%7D/recent-deaths-microcephaly-cases-in-brazil-linked-to-zika-virus-infection

So, it has created serious illness with some persons.

Last October, I frequently hung around a large park at my college, the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. I didn’t think much of all the mosquitoes in the area — until I broke out in a rash that covered my entire body.

I was scared.

I told my dad, and soon found myself at a hospital, where they did multiple tests that confirmed I had contracted the Zika virus.

For the next week, I had severe muscle pain and a fever, two of the most common side effects of the infection caused by Aedes mosquito bites.

My whole body felt immobilized. I started having difficulty moving my hands — feeling like they were frozen. My eyes became irritated, too.

It was a terrible week. I couldn’t go out, exercise or do anything because the joint pain was so strong.

My pain was bad, but it was nothing compared to my father’s.

He was diagnosed a few days after me. His case was worse because it developed into a rare disease called Guillain-Barré syndrome, causing him to experience weakness in his legs and upper body.

He said he had pins-and-needles sensations in his fingers, toes, ankles and wrists for three months.

Cases like my dad’s worry me the most, as Zika has a different effect on each person. Some people might develop a rare syndrome like he did.

nypost.com/2016/01/28/first-person-account-of-being-stricken-with-the-zika-virus/


#12

Few diseases live up to the media portrayal of the same.
I pray this is the case here.


#13

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