The first case of locally acquired Zika in the continental United States has occurred through sexual transmission in Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The case, announced by Dallas County health officials, involved a patient who had sex with someone who had recently returned from Venezuela infected with the mosquito-borne virus. In a statement to CNN, the CDC said it confirmed the test results showing Zika present in the blood of a "nontraveler in the continental United States." They stressed that there was no risk to a developing fetus in this instance. Based on that, the CDC says it will soon provide guidance on sexual transmission, with a "focus on the male sexual partners of women who are or who may be pregnant."
The news out of Texas about Zika certainly is worrisome—but officials in Texas have pledged to fight sexually-transmitted Zika with everything they've got, from defunding Planned Parenthood to defunding Planned Parenthood. (Am I the only one who thinks of Zima every time there's a report about Zika on the radio?)