Brazilian Researchers Detect Zika In Urine, Saliva, Continue Search For Answers On Virus’s Transmission Routes, Effects On Newborns

Agence France-Presse: Zika detected in urine, saliva: top Brazilian researchers
“Brazil’s top research institute said Friday that Zika has been detected in urine and saliva, but added that there is no proof the virus can be transmitted through those fluids…” (2/5).

New York Times: Brazil Finds Zika Virus in Human Urine and Saliva, but Risk Is Unclear
“…The Brazilian researchers warned that the virus might have the potential to spread through kissing or urine, but they were quick to point out that this still remains to be proved…” (Sreeharsha et al., 2/5).

New York Times: How a Medical Mystery in Brazil Led Doctors to Zika
“A sudden, sharp increase in babies with ‘no foreheads and very strange heads’ was baffling doctors in Brazil. That set off a search for answers that led to a little-known pathogen, the Zika virus…” (McNeil et al., 2/6).

Reuters: Brazil finds Zika in saliva, urine; expert warns against kissing
“…This marked the first time the mosquito-borne infection that has prompted a global health scare has been detected in saliva and urine, the scientists told reporters in Rio de Janeiro, host of the 2016 summer Olympic Games in August…” (Fonseca et al., 2/5).

Wall Street Journal: Brazil Health Researchers Say Zika Virus Is Active in Saliva, Urine
“…Speaking at a separate news conference on Friday, Tom Frieden, director of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said there was little data on the likelihood of Zika virus transmission through saliva or urine, and only three confirmed cases of transmission through sexual contact…” (Kiernan et al., 2/5).

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