Zika Virus Found in saliva and urine in Brazil!
Authorities in Brazil have announced that the Zika virus has been detected in urine and saliva. This comes days after the WHO released a statement declaring the Zika virus an international emergency. The Zika virus has been linked to thousands of birth defects, causing newborns to be born with microcephaly. The condition stops the brain from fully developing, leading to smaller skulls in babies.
The Zika virus has rapidly spread across South America and even across the ocean in Spain, causing concern that the virus may be spreading too quickly. The detection of the Zika virus in saliva and urine, only adds more concern over the virus’s ability to spread. Up until recently the virus was thought to have been contagious for the first week and spread by mosquitoes. However, in light of the new findings, there are possibilities that casual contact (like kissing) could increase its chances of spreading.
U.S health experts have reassured the public, that just because the virus was found in saliva, does not mean it can be transmitted that way.
Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy stated:
“I think we need to be careful that we don’t jump to any conclusions about transmissibility”
He further states:
“When you find a virus or fingerprints of a virus in a body secretion, it absolutely does not mean that it is transmitted that way,”
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We will provide more information as we receive updates in the near future.