Health officials in Brazil are warning pregnant women to refrain from kissing strangers, or sharing cutlery and plates with them, amid fears the Zika virus could be spread via saliva, according to http://www.dailymail.co.uk/.
The president of the country’s top health research agency said the discovery of active Zika virus in saliva samples for the first time merits special precaution with expectant mothers, given the suggestion the disease can cause serious birth defects.
The suspected link between the virus and microcephaly appears ‘stronger and stronger’, CDC experts said today.
That warning came after the Brazilian government health institute, Fiocruz, confirmed scientists have discovered active traces of Zika in saliva and urine.
Officials said they have launched an investigation into the possible transmission of the mosquito-borne virus through bodily fluids.
President of the agency, Paulo Gadelha suggested pregnant women avoid kissing people other than a regular partner or sharing cutlery, glasses and plates with people who have symptoms of the virus.
Though he added: ‘This is not a generalized public health measure, for the love of God.’
Scientists at the Fiocruz institute say they’re trying to determine if the body fluids can spread Zika to new patients.
The virus was deemed active, meaning that it was able to cause infection, but the scientists stressed that it was too early to say whether Zika could be transmitted by either fluid.
‘That fact that the virus was found with the capacity to cause infection is not proof that it can contaminate other people through those fluids,’ said Myrna Bonaldo, one of the scientists who made the discovery.