First sexually transmitted case of Zika virus is confirmed in the US, health officials warn

A patient diagnosed with the Zika virus in Texas became infected after having sexual contact with another sufferer, health experts said today.

It marks the first case of sexual transmission of the virus in the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed.

Dallas County health officials said the patient’s partner fell ill after visiting a country where Zika is rife.

While six people in Harris County, close to Houston, have contracted the disease after traveling to affected regions, this is thought to be the first case of a person becoming infected on US soil, having not traveled.

  • tom_billesley

    Tata Motors of India were about to launch a new car model named “Zica”.
    They’re having a rethink.

  • Xavier

    Is this something we need to worry about or another made-up crisis?

    • tom_billesley

      There isn’t yet a scientifically proven cause-effect relationship between Zyka viral infection and microencephaly, but circumstantial evidence is strong.
      However, after Ebola the WHO is keen to avoid accusations of sloth so are liable to over-react if anything.

    • It is a harbinger of SMOD. Hail SMOD!

      • Xavier

        The only thing that bothers me about SMOD is that we won’t be able to see the results.

    • Exile1981

      There is some evidence that the changes in the zika virus are related to the geneticly engineered mosquitoes that the WHO released there the last few years.

      Also the zika virus is only a problem if you or your spouse want to have kids in the next few years.

  • Gaylord Ponce

    This puts a real crimp in my spring break plans of getting laid in Rio.

    • Exile1981

      Condoms and 100% Deet will be your friend.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Try the Philippines instead. Head north of Manila to Angeles City. Numerous videos on Youtube attest that you WILL get laid there by babes who are part Asian and part Spanish.

  • Exile1981

    The WHO last week said sequencing of the zika virus implied it could be sexually transmitted… guess they were right.

  • Brett_McS

    Instapundit raises the point of the effect on blood donations. At the moment they are not asking about this virus.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The news I get is that a vaccine should be ready in about a year.

  • gxp01

    It’s too bad it doesn’t infect mudslimes considering breeding and islam are the only things they’re really good at.