The officials from the Dallas County health department have reported two victims of the deadly Zika virus. The two patients are natives of Texas and had tested positive. As per the official report, one victim caught infection while in Venezuela and the other tested positive through sexual transmission.
“Zika can be transmitted by a number of ways. It can be transmitted from mosquitos to humans, humans to mosquitoes and also by sexual contact,” said Zachary Thompson, the director of the Dallas County health department. He also added that an awareness campaign would soon be organized for educating the masses regarding safe sex.
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a flavivirus, transmitted by day-time active Aedes mosquitos, that causes nervous disorders. It can also penetrate through the placenta affecting the unborn fetus resulting in brain shrinkage.
The U.S Center for Disease Control and Prevention has rolled out some guild lines to its citizens for the prevention. Also recently, the World Health Organization(WHO) had declared the spread of the virus as a global emergency.