Source: Washington Post
Dallas health officials said Tuesday that a local resident was infected with the Zika virus by having sex with a person who had contracted the disease while traveling in Venezuela.
The case adds a troubling new dimension to a once-obscure disease that is spreading explosively in the Americas and is suspected of being linked to hundreds and perhaps thousands of cases of babies with brain damage in Brazil.
Dozens of other Zika cases have surfaced in the United States, but they have involved people who became infected with the mosquito-borne virus while traveling to Zika-affected countries. Tuesday’s case marks the first report in the current outbreak of someone being infected without leaving the United States, health officials said.
The development prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to quickly issue new recommendations urging the use of condoms to prevent the spread of the virus.
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