A report of sexually transmitted Zika virus infection has been confirmed in Texas, according to officials at the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department (DCHHS).

The patient was infected with Zika virus via sexual contact with an individual who returned home after becoming ill in a country where the virus is present. The department received confirmation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Feb. 2.

“Now that we know Zika virus can be transmitted through sex, this increases our awareness campaign in educating the public about protecting themselves and others,” Zachary Thompson, DCHHS director, said in a statement.

See the full statement here.

dfulton@frontlinemedcom.com

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