First US case of Zika reported in Texas

Other cases in the country have all involved people who recently returned from Zika-affected regions.

"These are the first cases of Zika virus infection confirmed in Ireland", a HSE spokeswoman said.

There have been six confirmed travel-related cases of Zika in Texas, all among residents of Harris County, where Houston is located, the Department of State Health Services said.

"It is very unlikely that Zika virus established local transmission in NSW as the mosquitoes that spread the infection are not established here - although they are found in some parts of Queensland", Dr Sheppeard said. "Patients are highly encouraged to follow prevention recommendations to avoid transmitting and spreading Zika virus". The CDC has already recommended pregnant women postpone trips to more than two dozen countries with Zika outbreaks, mostly in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Venezuela.

According to CNN, prior to this case, there were only two other known cases where the Zika virus was passed through sexual transmission. The CDC has confirmed 31 travel-associated cases in 11 states and the District of Columbia since 2015.

That advice will be hard to follow, because in most cases Zika virus infection causes only mild illness and only one in five patients who are infected become ill. Infants born with microcephaly have smaller-than-normal head size, which can result in severe cognitive, neurological, and motor disabilities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it will address sexually transmitted incidences of the virus in coming days. Including but not limited to red eyes, joint pains, fever, and rash.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global health emergency for the fourth time in history due to the virus, which now has no cure available.

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