Health authorities in Peru had on Saturday reported the first case of a sexually transmitted Zika virus in the country. This rare case of the virus came up after a resident contracted the disease while traveling in Venezuela and afterwards infected his wife once he came back to Peru.
Peruvian Health Minister Anibal Velasquez confirmed that a 32-year-old woman was infected with the Zika virus after indulging in sex with her 39-year-old husband who had contracted the disease while on trip to Monagas, Venezuela.
The Health Ministry further states that this will mark the seventh case of Zika virus detected in Peru. However, this will be the first case of a sexually transmitted Zika virus in the country. During examination of the couple, there were traces of the Zika virus found in the semen and presently, both wife and husband are in recovery.
Health officials in the US have come to the conclusion that Zika infections in pregnant women can cause microcephaly. This is a birth defect characterised by a head smaller than usual and can lead to severe developmental problems in babies.
Another revelation by the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows that there is strong scientific agreement that the Zika virus can also cause Guillain-Barre, a rare neurological syndrome that causes temporary paralysis in the case of adults.
Also, the Zika virus has been linked to thousands of suspected cases of microcephaly in Brazil. As a matter of fact, the first time scientists discovered a connection between Zika and microcephaly was last fall in Brazil, a country which has now confirmed more than 1,100 cases of microcephaly considered to be related to the Zika infections in the mothers.
Until recently, health officials had focused on the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes as the primary carriers of the disease.
This notion continued until authorities in Dallas, Texas confirmed that they had received confirmation of the first transmission of the Zika virus through sexual contact.