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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the first documented US case of the Zika virus through sexual intercourse. Dallas health officials reported Tuesday that a local resident was infected with the Zika virus by having sexual intercourse with a person who had contracted the disease while traveling in Venezuela. As a result, the CDC now recommends the use of condoms to prevent the spread of the virus; more guidance that is definitive is expected over the next several days.

In addition, the American Red Cross is requesting prospective blood donors to wait at least 28 days if they have travelled in Zika “outbreak” zones including Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. On Feb 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General declared the Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. As such, the WHO views the current situation as “potentially requiring a coordinated international response.” The declaration suggests a serious, unusual or unexpected event; carries implications for public health beyond the affected State’s national borders; and may require immediate international action.

Zika virus is transmitted primarily to people through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Hence, mosquito control and bite prevention remains the best methods for minimizing viral spread.


WHO Launches Zika Data Sharing Protocol


The World Health Organization (WHO) is implementing a new Zika virus data sharing and reporting protocol in order to facilitate the exchange of crucial, evidence-based information during this unfolding health emergency. On submission to the WHO Bulletin, all research manuscripts relevant to the Zika epidemic will be posted online in the “Zika Open” collection within 24 hours while undergoing peer review. During the review process, the papers will be available free, allowing readers to scrutinize, distribute and reproduce the research in any medium. A link to the WHO/Zika Open can be found at the ANA/Zika Virus Preparedness & Response webpage:


In related news, on February 8, President Obama requested Congress to approve $1.8 billion in emergency funding to augment ongoing efforts to minimize the spread of the Zika virus. Specifically, the requested resources would be utilized to:


• Rapidly expand mosquito control programs,
• Accelerate vaccine research and diagnostic development,
• Enable testing and procurement of vaccines and diagnostics,
• Educate health care providers, pregnant women and their partners,
• Improve epidemiology and expand laboratory testing capacity,
• Improve health services and support for low-income pregnant women, and
• Enhance Zika-affected countries’ abilities to better combat mosquitoes and control transmission.


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