Dallas County confirms sexually-transmitted Zika case

Published: Feb. 2, 2016 at 3:05 PM CST
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Health officials say a patient in Dallas County has acquired the Zika virus through sexual transmission.

Dallas County Health and Human Services said Tuesday it received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The patient was infected after having sexual contact with an ill person who returned from a country where Zika was present.

The Zika virus is usually spread through mosquito bites. Investigators have been exploring the possibility the virus also can be spread through sex. It was found in one man's semen in Tahiti, and there was report of a Colorado researcher who caught the virus overseas and apparently spread it to his wife back home in 2008.

Health officials note there are no reports of Zika being locally transmitted by mosquitoes in Dallas county.

More About Zika Virus from Mayo Clinic:

Can't be cured, but treatment may help
Requires a medical diagnosis
Lab tests or imaging often required
Spreads by animals or insects
Short-term: resolves within days to weeks
In most cases, the illness is mild with symptoms lasting less than a week. A possible link between Zika virus infection in pregnant women and subsequent birth defects is being investigated.
The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes.
There's no vaccine or specific treatment for the disease. Treatment instead focuses on relieving symptoms and includes rest, rehydration, and medications for fever and pain.