Utah man recalls contracting Zika virus while serving LDS mission

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LOGAN, Utah – As the Zika Virus continues to spread throughout the world, a former missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is talking about his personal battle against the disease.

While serving a mission in Tahiti in 2013, Brandon Squires got a massive headache.

“I was in the middle of teaching lessons and I just couldn’t understand why I felt like my brain was on fire,” Squires recalled.

“I finally got home at 5 in the afternoon, took my temperature and it was 103.”

He called the mission nurse who gave him a diagnosis over the phone.

“She was like oh yeah, it’s probably just the Zika virus. Everyone is getting it,” Squires said.

Some 20,000 people in the French Polynesia Islands became infected with the virus – the largest outbreak ever recorded.

Squires slept for four days straight and developed a rash.

“It covers your skin with these red spots, like chicken pox almost,” he said.

There’s no vaccine or medication to treat the virus. All he could do was rest and take Ibuprofen.

“It’s unfortunate for a week, but then you’re over it,” Squires said.

He eventually made a full recovery.

The Utah State University student is now reminded almost daily about that experience.

“When I started seeing it on the news, I was like oh yeah, I have that.”

Zika is spreading rapidly in Latin America and the Caribbean nations. There are at least 82 cases in 21 states, including Utah. A child contracted the virus while visiting one of the affected areas.

“It’s not a new virus. The first time it was found was in 1947 in Southeast Asia,” said Dallin Peterson, Vector Borne Epidemiologist Utah Department of Health.

The main concern surrounding Zika is its link to birth defects, which is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends women who have traveled to affected areas to get tested for the virus.

For more information on the Zika virus, visit http://www.health.utah.gov/


  • mormon lover

    Well, it has shown evidence of $exu@l transmission. It can be catastrophic for fetuses. Since this guy is a mormon and a returned missionary, too, he almost certainly has a chick in mind to marry and fornicate with without the evils of proper protection. Look forward to a slew of tiny headed, tiny brained little mormons to come. They have no idea how long this can remain in someone’s sperm, and mormons are too stupid to take precautions. They’d rather “trust in gawd” and have defective child after defective child. Just look around you, Utahans, if you doubt me. Sigh. Well, we heard it here first.


      I notice that you don’t mention your same sex attraction on your resume. How are your husband and kids doing son? You did marry your boyfriend didn’t you?


      By the way Mormon Lover, I’d be mad at “gawd” too if Mother Nature had played the same dirty trick on my that She did on you. My condolences?

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