The Zika virus has been transmitted sexually, top US health authorities confirmed on Tuesday, fuelling fears of the rapid spread of the disease blamed for a surge in the number of brain-damaged babies.
With concern growing that an outbreak encroaching on Asia and sweeping Latin America could spread much farther, health authorities in the state of Texas said they had confirmation of the virus being transmitted by sexual contact and not just tropical mosquitoes.
That is a troubling prospect for the United States, Canada and Europe, where Zika had so far only appeared in travellers returning from affected areas.
“The patient was infected with the virus after having sexual contact with an ill individual who returned from a country where Zika virus is present” this year, a Dallas county statement read. Read More