Brazil Warns Zika Virus Could Be Transmitted Via Urine, Saliva
Researchers working in conjunction with the Brazilian government announced today that active Zika virus was found in urine and saliva samples. That means it might be possible to transmit the virus through those bodily fluids.
There are already two known cases of sexual transmission of Zika virus. The virus is mainly spread by mosquitoes, and in most people causes no symptoms or mild symptoms, but it has been linked to birth defects in cases where the mother contracted the virus while pregnant.
Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Jason Beaubien from the NPR Science Desk about the new discovery.
- Jason Beaubien, global health and development correspondent on NPR’s Science Desk. He tweets @jasonbnpr.