Zika, the mosquito-born virus that shrinks babies’ brains, continues to alarm scientists as they learn more about how it can be transmitted from person to person. Earlier this week, someone in Texas got the virus from sex, and today, a Brazilian government health institute reported that it discovered for the first time the presence of active Zika virus in urine and saliva samples.
According to the Associated Press, the Fiocruz institute is now determining whether or not Zika can be transmitted through those bodily fluids. The Brazilian government has yet to make any recommendations based on the findings so far.
Countries like Brazil and El Salvador are still recommending, of course, that women avoid becoming pregnant while the virus rages on, even though many lack birth control and other resources to help in this endeavor.