30 Sep '16, 6pm

Scientists Just Documented First Case of Zika Spread Through Physical Contact via @EcoWatch

A mysterious Zika case in Utah has been solved and it shows we still don't know everything about the virus. Back in July, a 38-year-old man stumped experts when he was diagnosed with the Zika virus, even though he hadn't traveled to any Zika-infected areas or had sexual contact with someone who did. He also lived in Salt Lake City, an area not considered a hospitable environment for the Aedes Aegypti mosquito that transmits the virus. So far, the only ways Zika is known to be transmitted is through a bite from an infected mosquito, sexual contact with an infected person, contact with infected blood or a pregnant mother to her baby. After tracking how this man could have gotten the virus, they discovered that he had visited a 78-year-old friend in a Utah hospital, just seven to 10 days before his symptoms began. Eight days before the elderly man was admitted to the hospital...

Full article: http://www.ecowatch.com/zika-virus-utah-2024813166.html

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