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U.S. Health Officials Confirm Case Of Zika Sexual Transmission In Dallas County; WHO Calls For Further Investigation

Agence France-Presse: Zika virus ‘sexually transmitted’ in Texas
“The Zika virus has been transmitted sexually, top U.S. health authorities confirmed, fueling fears of the rapid spread of the disease blamed for a surge in the number of brain-damaged babies…” (Sheridan, 2/3).

The Hill: CDC confirms Zika virus transmitted through sex in Dallas
“…The case, in Dallas County, Texas, occurred when someone recently traveled to a country with Zika virus, and then returned to the U.S. and transferred the virus to their sexual partner…” (Sullivan, 2/2).

Reuters: First U.S. Zika virus transmission reported, attributed to sex
“…After this case, the CDC advised men to consider using condoms after traveling to areas with the Zika virus. Pregnant women should avoid contact with semen from men exposed to the virus…” (Herskovitz, 2/3).

Reuters: WHO calls for further investigation into sexual spread of Zika virus
“The World Health Organization (WHO) voiced concern on Wednesday over a report the Zika virus had been sexually transmitted in the United States and called for further investigation into the mosquito-borne virus…” (Nebehay, 2/3).

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