First Case Of Zika Virus Passed On Through Sex Reported In Texas

by Kate Ryan

Oh no. Looks like the first sexually transmitted case of the Zika virus has been reported, and Texans might have reason to worry.

Fox 4 News reports the case has been confirmed by Dallas County health officials who say their patient reportedly had sexual contact with an infected person. Previously, doctors thought the virus could only be spread by mosquitos, but this new case proves otherwise.

Zachary Thompson, director of the Dallas County Health and Human Services, said,

Now that we know Zika virus can be transmitted through sex, this increases our awareness campaign in educating the public about protecting themselves and others. Next to abstinence, condoms are the best prevention method against any sexually-transmitted infections.

You heard the man. Fool around safely this Valentine's Day, or keep it to hand-holding only.

Paranoid you might have contracted the virus yourself? Unless you've been experiencing fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes, you're most likely fine... for now.

The World Health Organization has estimated up to 4 million cases of Zika virus could spread across the Americas over the course of this year. This estimate comes after WHO declared the outbreak an international emergency on Monday.

While Zika likely won't affect the vast majority of Americans any time soon, it never hurts to prepare.

Citations: Sexually transmitted case of Zika virus reported in Dallas County (Fox 4 News)