Zika virus found inside eyes of mice

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes sit in a petri dish at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. The mosquito is a vector for the proliferation of the Zika virus currently spreading throughout Latin America. New figures from Brazil's Health Ministry show that the Zika virus outbreak has not caused as many confirmed cases of a rare brain defect as first feared. ~ Felipe Dana (AP)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Zika virus may linger in your eyes, according to a discovery made by a group of researchers who found it in the eyes of mice.

Doctors believe that may explain why many people with Zika have problems with their vision.

Now, researchers are also looking to see if the virus can spread from the eyes, like through tears. Right now we only know it can be spread through mosquitoes and sex.

News 2 spoke with Dr. William Schaffner at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Tuesday who says there is still a lot we are learning about the virus.

He also said travelers should continue to take precautions if they plan on traveling to South America this winter.

“Here in the United States, as the winter comes on, as the mosquitoes all die off or go into hibernation, yes, that will help us fight Zika,” Dr. Shaffner said.

“It’s been helping people below the equator now because it’s their winter, but as our winter starts, their spring starts and they get summer, so it’s easier for us during our winter months but worse for them,” he explained.

The majority of Zika cases have been found in South America and the Caribbean, but it’s also been found in mosquitos in Miami.

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