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U.S. health officials update Zika transmission and testing guidance

U.S. health officials update Zika transmission and testing guidance

Postby smix » Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:43 pm

U.S. health officials update Zika transmission and testing guidance

URL: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-healt ... SKCN10522P
Category: healthNews
Published: Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:12:25 -0400

Description: (Reuters) - U.S. health officials issued updated recommendations for preventing and testing for Zika infection on Monday, warning that the virus can be transmitted through unprotected sex with an infected female partner. Previously, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other experts, believed that the virus could only be sexually transmitted by males because it can reside in semen potentially for several months. For that reason, the CDC had recommended that men who had been infected abstain from unprotected sexual contact for at least six months with a partner who is pregnant or hoping to become pregnant. But a recently reported case of female-to-male sexual transmission in New York City, and limited human and non-human primate data indicating that Zika virus RNA can be detected in vaginal secretions, led to the new warning, the agency said. CDC's expanded warnings on sexual exposure to Zika now caution against sex without a condom or other barrier method of protection with any person, male or female, who has traveled to or lives in an area with Zika, including female to female transmission with a pregnant partner.
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