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Zika can be transmitted sexually

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

There is a worldwide growing concern about the spreading of the Zika virus. The virus has been blamed for causing brain defects to the fetus of women expecting.

"For pregnant women who get Zika that's the real concern, because there has been an association with microcephaly, or small head, in some women who got Zika Virus while pregnant," said State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs.

Children with microcephaly can suffer from dwarfism, seizures, impaired motor functions and difficulty with movement and balance. Dr. Dobbs said research is finding the virus can also be sexually transmitted.

"So we do know it is potential for an infected man to transmit Zika Virus through sex to his female partner," added Dobbs.

Dobbs said the monitoring of safe blood supply is happening in more areas than just our state for preventative measures.

"The blood supply systems have instituted measures to prevent people with Zika from donating blood," said Dobbs. "That's been instituted nationwide."

He said this is not a virus that's makes people very sick. While 80 percent of people infected don't feel any symptoms, those who do have symptoms. Dobbs said they are relatively mild, such as a fever or a rash.

"The Zika Virus is really only dangerous for people in Mississippi if they travel to South America, Central America or the Caribbean," added Dobbs. "These are areas where the virus is being transmitted."

There is no cure or vaccination for Zika right now. For more information click here.

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