Brazil finds Zika virus in urine and saliva

Brazil finds Zika virus in urine and saliva

Gadelha suggested pregnant women avoid kissing people other than a regular partner or sharing cutlery, glasses and plates with people who have symptoms of the virus.

Mario Tama/Getty Images After a rapid increase in babies born with microcephaly in the Americas, officials are warning people who live or have traveled to the areas effected by Zika to use condoms, or stop having sex.

As researchers learn more about the virus, Frieden said the link between the disease and a brain defect in unborn children, Microcephaly, becomes clearer.

Asked during a conference call with reporters how likely it might be that Zika could spread through saliva and urine, Frieden said "we just have no data to inform that". There also could be substances present in saliva that prevent the virus from spreading. The Zika virus is primarily transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes, and the CDC has issued a travel advisory for affected countries in Central and South America, the Caribbean and Samoa and Cape Verde.

Health officials had previously reported isolated instances of the virus being passed via blood transfusions and sexual contact, including a USA case reported this week.

Brazil finds Zika virus in urine and saliva

The University of North Texas is urging students to be careful amidst the spread of the Zika virus in parts of Texas and elsewhere. Hospitalization and death due to Zika are rare. "So that we can minimize the chance that the virus be introduced into mosquitoes here", Van Deusen said.

While women who think they may have been exposed to the virus should get tested, Frieden admitted that testing kits for the virus are in short supply and will not be available at the offices of most health care providers.

The virus is transmitted mainly through the bite of the Aedes aegypti species of mosquito.

In the USA territory of Puerto Rico, officials declared a health emergency over Zika and confirmed a pregnant woman had been infected, bringing the number of cases on the island to 22. It is now telling men who have been to areas with outbreaks of the Zika virus to consistently use condoms during sex with pregnant women. For now, probably all women should go in a padded room and not even breathe, if they plan on doing their job and making babies as God intended.

But, they said, more study is needed to find out whether the virus can infect by exchanging body fluids.



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