April 22, 2016 at 10:31 am EST | by Staff reports
CDC reports first gay Zika case in Dallas
Zika virus, gay news, Washington Blade

Mosquitoes transmit the Zika virus, which is being spread by sexual contact.

DALLAS — The Centers For Disease Control confirmed another sexually transmitted case of the Zika virus was discovered in Dallas, CBS Dallas-Forth Worth reports.

This time the virus was shared between two men. One man traveled to Venezuela, then came home and was intimate with his partner, according to the CDC.

Health officials said it’s the first report of infection between a gay couple, and worry that Zika will spread even faster through sex as well as through mosquito bites, CBS reports.

On Wednesday, U.S. health officials said that there is no longer a doubt that the Zika virus causes severe birth defects.

Both Plano’s health director and Collin County’s health director point out that Zika is different from West Nile virus in that the mosquitoes that carry Zika are day-biters, and everyone will need to be more vigilant now especially as we head into mosquito season.

Experts had previously been cautious about making a definitive link, despite a surge of babies born in Brazil with a rare birth defect during a Zika outbreak. The virus is primarily spread by mosquitoes, and no mosquito-borne virus before had ever been known to cause birth defects.

But on Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that there is enough evidence now to declare the Zika virus as the cause of a birth defect called microcephaly and other brain abnormalities. Microcephaly is a condition that leaves babies with shrunken heads due to the brain not developing properly during pregnancy.

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