CDC warns women can also spread Zika through sex

Henrietta Brewer
July 27, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its Zika virus guidelines, saying that pregnant women could contract Zika from a sex partner of either gender. It used to be that a pregnant patient or her sexual partner had to travel to an area in the current Zika danger zones and develop symptoms before the CDC would unequivocally recommend testing.

"The first TV picture of an American woman bearing a child with a birth defect caused by this virus will be on [Democrats],"Cornyn told Politico".

Health officials Friday continued investigating two South Florida Zika cases that might not be linked to travel to other countries.

"If you have gone on vacation where Zika is spreading they recommend if you are not pregnant that you don't try to be pregnant for eight weeks". The compares to around 90 cases in recent years before the Zika outbreak.

Following the response plan outlined by CDC, it will take more than one case of Zika virus infection before the USA health officials will make any official statement confirming that indeed, someone was infected with the threatening virus inside the United States mainland.

During the peak of the epidemic in Colombia, back in early February, more than 6,000 cases were reported in a week.

Although Zika infection is largely mild, with most people having no symptoms, it is known to cause microcephaly.

Colombia's Health Ministry has also lifted its recommendation that women delay pregnancy because of the virus, Ruiz said, though there may be new outbreaks of the disease in future.

The mosquito-borne virus can cause microcephaly, in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and brain damage.

Mathematical projections suggest about 93.4 million people may catch the virus including some 1.65 million pregnant women before the epidemic fizzles out, a team reported in the journal Nature Microbiology.

Scientists have identified that Zika can be passed on from mother to baby in the womb and through unprotected sexual intercourse. About 80 percent of Zika infections are believed to be asymptomatic.

Colombian officials also blame Zika for at least 350 cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome.

CDC updates its interim guidance related to Zika virus transmission and related health effects based on the accumulating evidence, expert opinion, and knowledge about the risk associated with other viral infections. Zika usually only stays in blood for about a week but it seems to last longer in pregnant women.

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