Zika virus: CDC investigating more possible cases of sexual transmission

Category: Disease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating 14 more cases of sexual transmission of Zika virus in the US. All the potential cases involve men infecting women — including some pregnant women.

The news appears in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statement about following guidance to prevent sexual transmission of Zika virus.

The federal agency emphasizes that while sexual transmission of Zika virus is possible, being bitten by virus-carrying mosquitoes in countries where Zika circulates remains the main way to contract the infection, and adds:

“Because there currently is no vaccine or treatment for Zika virus, the best way to avoid Zika virus infection is to prevent mosquito bites.”

An outbreak of Zika virus in Brazil has been linked to a recent surge in cases of birth defects in babies.

The new CDC statement follows an earlier release of interim recommendations after lab tests confirmed a case of sexual transmission of Zika virus in a US non-traveler who got it from an infected sexual partner.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Zika virus is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.

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