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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

14 new cases of sexually transmitted Zika Virus in the US - CDC

There seems to be no end in sight with the spread of Zika Virus as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fourteen more people may have caught the virus in the U.S. without traveling to affected zones. The report shows strong evidence that the virus is sexually transmitted fairly often.

 "CDC and state public health departments are now investigating 14 new reports of possible sexual transmission of Zika virus, including several involving pregnant women," the CDC said in a statement.

"In two of the new suspected sexual transmission events, Zika virus infection has been confirmed in women whose only known risk factor was sexual contact with an ill male partner who had recently traveled to an area with local Zika virus transmission; testing for the male partners is still pending."

Earlier this month, Dallas health officials reported the first known case of sexual transmission of Zika in the current epidemic.

Zika's spreading fast across the Americas and the Caribbean and the World Health Organization has declared it a public health emergency of international concern. The virus itself is relatively harmless to most people, but what's worrying is the potential that it causes severe birth defects.

The CDC's already advised travelers to be aware of the risk, recommending that men who have traveled to Zika-affected zones should use a condom if they want to be absolutely sure they don't infect sex partners.

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