A patient diagnosed with Zika Virus in Dallas, Texas is to have been infected by sexual contact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) told the CNN. The patient had not travelled to infected parts of the world but their partner had returned from Venezuela.
In a statement to CNN, the CDC said it will be providing guidance on sexual transmission, with a “focus on the male sexual partners of women who are or who may be pregnant.”
Yesterday, February 2nd, CDC Director Tom Frieden told CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta: “There have been isolated cases of spread through blood transfusion or sexual contact and that’s not very surprising. The virus is in the blood for about a week. How long it would remain in the semen is something that needs to be studied and we’re working on that now.”