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Zika virus: Prevention is key

UCHealth infectious disease experts discuss the Zika virus, its link to birth defects and protecting yourself

Published: January 29, 2016

By Kati Blocker

The World Health Organization, on Feb. 1, announced the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas is now a public health emergency of international concern.
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.