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Zika virus can be transmitted through sexual contact from woman to man, CDC confirms

cjmagowan  —  3 years ago ( Jul 17, 2016 )    |    Health


We are well aware that the rising incidence of the Zika virus proliferated when it spread in Brazil last year. Though the virus has been seen in the wild decades ago, back then it was just an isolated case. But recent times offers a way for the virus to spread in an alerting levels made possible by the Aedes mosquito a vector of the same specie that carries the dengue virus. However a new report from the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) onFriday suggests that the virus is can also be transmitted through sexual contact between a woman and a man with first known reported case in New York City recently.

The spread of the infection isn’t that surprising the scientific community as there have been cases for instance in 2008 where a man who travelled on an area with Zika infection was infected with the virus which then he transmitted to his wife. Later and more recently, a man returning from one of his trips on those known Zika virus infected areas had his same-sex partner infected with the virus.

Though the latest report demonstrates a woman and a man involved, CDC suggests that it is possible to transmit the virus between women and not only men and reminding all pregnant women either with a female or male sex partners who we’re coming or have visited places with known Zika infection to be more cautious and alert. It has been proven already that the virus causes microcephaly in babies in which the newborn will have an abnormally small head and underdeveloped brain, so the concerns of the recent finding becomes more significant.

The CDC is also updating their precautionary measures and recommendations for sexually active individuals and especially with couples planning of getting pregnant. In cases with the urge of getting engaged into the act, CDC suggests a barrier method should be observed or should not have sex at all when to woman is pregnant in order to reduce the risk of the infection.