Brazil Finds Zika Virus in Human Urine and Saliva, but Risk Is Unclear

Vinod Sreeharsha- The New York Times, 02/05/2016

Brazilian scientists said Friday that they had detected the presence of the Zika virus in samples of human saliva and urine, a first for Brazil.

The Brazilian researchers warned that the virus might have the potential to spread through kissing or urine, but they were quick to point out that this still remains to be proved. Nonetheless, the announcement amplified concern in Brazil with many people pointing out the possible impact to the annual Carnival celebration, which began on Friday.

“It is something we have to further investigate,” said Dr. Myrna Bonaldo, the head of the Flavivirus Molecular Biology Laboratory at Fiocruz, a prominent research institute here. “We are not yet sure if Zika can be transmitted to others” through saliva or urine, she said.

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