Zika virus - 1st female-to-male sexual transmission in NYC, US

A woman, who had travelled to an area with Zika virus transmission and who got infected, transmitted the virus through unprotected vaginal intercourse to her partner. Previously, sexual transmission of this virus has occurred only from infected men to women.

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Advice For Travellers

Men or women who have traveled to an area with epidemic Zika may become infected without symptoms. After travelling, to reduce the risk of sexual transmission, men should use condoms for 8 weeks to protect their sex partners. Men who develop Zika symptoms or are diagnosed with Zika should use condoms for 6 months. If the man’s partner is pregnant, the couple should either use condoms or not have sex during the pregnancy. It is unknown how long after infection women can transmit the virus to their partners.

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

There is no vaccine or specific treatment for this infection. Travellers to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission can minimize the risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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