Researcher Accidentally Infected Herself With Zika

A university researcher in Pittsburgh contracted Zika after mistakenly pricking herself with an infected needle during an experiment.

While working in a University of Pittsburgh lab, a researcher unintentionally infected herself with the Zika virus, CNN reports.

In a scenario which underscores the fragility of the human body, authorities at the University of Pittsburgh have confirmed that an anonymous female researcher became infected with the Zika virus.

Nine days after the incident, she became feverish and developed other Zika symptoms including rash, conjunctivitis, and joint pain. She was advised to wear insect repellent and long sleeves and trousers after contracting the virus.

The researcher is among the few isolated cases in the U.S. of someone who has become infected with the virus without traveling to an area with known Zika-carrying mosquitos or through sexual transmission.

The Allegheny County Health Department has reported that the woman is doing well and that her symptoms have since resolved.

Since Zika is known to cause fetal malformations among pregnant women, the researcher is fortunate that her symptoms resided on their own. There is currently no cure or medicine for the virus, which is known to be transmitted through mosquitos and sexual intercourse.

Allegheny County declares that this is a unique incident and that the population is not at risk, but should remain vigilant about protecting themselves from mosquito bites. 


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