Ha! Zika virus has been sexually transmitted in Texas

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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.”

 The CDC said it will provide more guidance as more information on sexual transmission is learned, but in the meantime, “Sexual partners can protect each other by using condoms to prevent spreading sexually transmitted infections. People who have Zika virus infection can protect others by preventing additional mosquito bites.”
Zika virus is carried by mosquitoes and has been linked to thousands of babies being born with abnormal brains.

It is spreading through the Americas and the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease linked to the virus a global public health emergency.

Culled from CNN

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