US man may have contracted Zika from dying father’s tears

1 October, 2016 12:00 AM printer

WASHINGTON:  A 38-year-old US man may have been infected with Zika virus through the tears or sweat of his dying father, researchers said, in what would be the first documented case of such transmission if confirmed, reports AFP.
The man in the western state of Utah became ill after helping to take care of his 73-year-old father, who was hospitalized in June with Zika after being infected during a trip to his native Mexico.
The known transmission methods—being bitten by an infected mosquito, or sex with an infected person—were ruled out for the son, according to a case study published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine.