‘Zika’: Need Another Virus to Worry About…Here ya go!

Zika Virus

*I swear, if it ain’t one thing its another. To be on the safe side, we might have to go ‘Chi-Raq’ and not have sex at all!

Not so much as a punishment, as the women in the Spike Lee flick by the same name did; but for our own protection as people, men and women alike.

Well, that might be a bit extreme. But it gives you damn good reason NOT to give in to the old “But I can’t feel anything” argument your partner may present about using protection. Because now, a recent virus called ‘Zika’ has been put in the mix. And the risk factor has just upgraded!

While at first it was seen as a mosquito-borne virus, now a recent transmission had nothing to do with an insect.

It was contracted via sexual intercourse. And confirmed by authorities in Dallas County, Texas.

The Dallas County Health and Human Services department sent a statement to The Washington Post, saying a patient was infected with the Zika virus after having sexual contact with someone who visited a country where the virus is present.

Dallas Officials said they were contacted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who said this was the first known case of someone being infected by the virus in the U.S. as opposed to all of the other cases in the country that involved people who recently returned from Zika-affected regions.

“CDC has confirmed through laboratory testing the first U.S. case of Zika virus infection in a non-traveler in the continental United States,” the agency said in the statement.

“According to a Dallas County Health Department investigation, a person who recently traveled to an area with Zika virus transmission returned to the United States and developed  Zika-like symptoms. The person later tested positive for Zika, along with their sexual partner, who had not traveled to the area.”

On Monday, the World Health Organization declared the virus a global health emergency. The Zika virus has been linked to an influx of birth defects in Brazil.

The CDC is advising that residents avoid exposure to semen from someone who has been exposed to Zika virus or has been ill from Zika virus infection, and prevent mosquito bites.




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