Evidence of Zika Virus Found in Tears (IMAGE) Washington University School of Medicine Caption Zika virus is capable of infecting the eye and genomic material from the virus has been found in tears, according to a study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The study, in mice, helps explain why some people with Zika virus develop eye disease, and suggests that contact with infected eyes may play a role in spreading the disease. Credit Robert Boston Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.