1st case of sexual transmission of Zika fever in Spain

Spain has reported its first case of Zika fever in a woman, who acquired the infection from her partner. Her partner had been diagnosed with Zika fever after travelling to Latin America. This is the first case of Zika fever being sexually transmitted in Spain.

All the 158 cases recorded in Spain are travel-related.

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Advice For Travellers

All cases in Spain are travel-related and there is no active transmission in this country.

The risk of exposure to this virus in countries where there is active transmission may be high.
There is no vaccine or specific treatment for this infection. Travellers can minimize the risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

There is strong scientific evidence that this virus is the cause of microcephaly (small brain) and other neurological abnormalities in newborn infants. The World health Organization states that pregnant women should be advised not to travel to areas of ongoing Zika virus outbreaks. Pregnant women whose sexual partners live in or travel to areas with Zika virus outbreaks should ensure safe sexual practices or abstain from sex for the duration of their pregnancy