Min­istry recommends Safe Sex to pre­vent Zika

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Min­istry of Health has cau­tioned that per­sons in­fected with the Zika virus should prac­tice safe sex.

Cur­rent re­search has shown that not only can Zika be trans­mit­ted from a preg­nant woman to her foe­tus but it can also be trans­mit­ted via sex­ual in­ter­course with an in­fected man.

“The virus ac­tu­ally stays alive and vi­able quite long in a man’s se­men. If a man has been in­fected with Zika Virus dis­ease, he may have no symp­toms, and may re­cover from the rash in about a week, but the virus can ac­tu­ally live in the sperm for weeks and some say pos­si­bly up to six months; so it hangs around a bit in men.” Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer, Dr. Mer­lene Fredericks said.

The zika virus spreads pri­mar­ily through the Aedes ae­gypti mos­quito. Its symp­toms in­clude rash, fever, joint pain and con­junc­tivi­tis (red eye).

Ac­cord­ing to the Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer, the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion is us­ing this new op­por­tu­nity to thor­oughly ex­am­ine a new dis­ease in the re­gion.

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