Published: January 29, 2016
By Kati Blocker
The mosquito-borne Zika virus is making headlines for its rapid spread through South and Central America, Mexico, Puerto Rico and parts of the Caribbean, including the United States Virgin Islands, since May 2015, as well as its potential link to neurological syndromes.
Most recently, a Texas health department announced that a woman who had not travelled in the past three weeks has become infected with the Zika virus after having sexual contact with an infected person who had traveled to a Zika-endemic area. This refutes earlier reports that the virus most likely couldn’t be transmitted through person-to-person contact, according to WHO.