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

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Zika is spread by mos­qui­toes, and health of­fi­cials know that men can spread it through sex. The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion is now ad­vis­ing preg­nant women to use pro­tec­tion if their sex part­ner has trav­eled 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. The New York woman was not preg­nant.

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