UK Records First Sexually Transmitted Zika Virus

By Bola Kougbe



Authorities in UK have reported a case of Zika virus transmitted sexually.

A female patient reportedly got infected by her partner who recently visited a Zika-hit country.

Jimmy Whitworth, a Professor from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said that the ‘news that one case of sexual transmission of Zika has occurred in the UK is not unexpected.’

He said “about 60 cases of sexual transmission of Zika have been reported worldwide, so we think this is quite rare.

“Discovering just how common it is for the virus to be passed during sex by a man or woman is a key focus for Zika researchers.

“Public Health England’s updated advice is also welcome.

“Zika virus survives in semen longer than other body fluids so recommending male travellers returning from Zika transmission countries, with or without symptoms, practise safe sex for six months is sensible.”

Also, Dilys Morgan, the Zika incident director at Public Health England, said “PHE advises all male travellers regardless of symptoms to avoid conception and use condoms and other barrier methods during sexual activities for six months following return from a Zika high- or moderate-risk country.”



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