Sexual Transmission Is Just the Latest Zika Surprise
Either the virus is becoming more treacherous, or scientists are just learning about dangers they had missed before.
Information about the Zika virus now “spreading explosively" through the Americas seems to be changing every day—and little of it is comforting.
Tuesday, researchers reported that a Dallas resident contracted the virus during sex, rather than from a mosquito bite, raising new questions about the virus, which has been carefully followed for only a few years.
“This virus is very frightening,” said Didier Musso, who studied a 2013-2014 outbreak of Zika on the French Polynesian islands.
Many details about the virus remain mysterious, including its evolution, the likelihood of sexual transmission, and whether this risk will complicate the fight against it.
(Update: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that men who travel to areas with Zika