Woman spread Zika through sex

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - MIKE STOBBE

A New York City woman in­fected her male part­ner with Zika virus through sex, the first time fe­male-to-male trans­mis­sion of the germ has been doc­u­mented.

Zika is usu­ally spread by mos­qui­toes, and health of­fi­cials have known for some time that men can spread it through sex. The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion re­ported the case Fri­day and up­dated its ad­vice for preg­nant women.

The CDC now ad­vises them to use pro­tec­tion if their sex part­ner has trav­elled to a Zika-in­fected re­gion, whether the part­ner is a man or a woman.

The Zika virus causes only a mild ill­ness, at worst, in most peo­ple. But in­fec­tion dur­ing preg­nancy can lead to se­vere brain-re­lated birth de­fects for the fe­tus. The New York woman was not preg­nant.

While this is the first doc­u­mented case of a woman spread­ing Zika through sex, health ex­perts say it is not sur­pris­ing be­cause most dis­eases that can be spread through sex can be spread by both men and women.

On the day the woman re­turned from a trip to a Zika-in­fected coun­try, she had vagi­nal sex with her part­ner, with­out a con­dom, health of­fi­cials were told.

She went to her doc­tor three days af­ter her re­turn, af­ter de­vel­op­ing com­mon Zika symp­toms such as fever, fa­tigue, rash and back pain. Tests showed Zika in­fec­tion.

Seven days af­ter they’d had sex, her male part­ner de­vel­oped sim­i­lar symp­toms. Two days later, he went to the same doc­tor. The doc­tor tested him even though he hadn’t trav­elled from a Zika out­break area and no cases of fe­male-to-male trans­mis­sion had been re­ported. He tested pos­i­tive for Zika.

They both are in their 20s, but no other de­tails about them were re­leased, in­clud­ing where the woman trav­elled or when the in­fec­tion started.

The CDC is now rec­om­mend­ing that “bar­rier meth­ods” be used by all preg­nant women who have a sex part­ner who lives in or trav­els to a Zika out­break area.

No woman-to-woman sex­ual trans­mis­sion had been re­ported to date.

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