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The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently investigating around 14 cases of the Zika virus that might have been spread through sexual contact. The findings have raised new speculations about the ability of spread of the virus through sexual transmission.
The CDC on Tuesday said that the presence of the virus have been confirmed in two women who could not have been exposed to the virus other than through sexual contact through an infected male partner. This male in question had travelled to Zika-affected areas recently.
The officials till now were suggesting that the spread of the mosquito-borne virus was a rare phenomena however, considering the new cases, certain questions have been raised about the role of sexual transmission of the virus and could it affect the acceleration of the spread.
Deputy incident manager for CDC’s Zika response, Jennifer McQuiston said, “We think mosquito-borne spread is the most common route of transmission, but we want to make people aware that sexual transmission is also a risk,” Reuters reported.
The CDC along with the state public health departments are currently investigating those cases of sexual transmission of the Zika virus. Four cases have been confirmed where women have been infected, the remaining eight cases are currently under various stages of investigation.
All of the recently-reported Zika virus cases through sexual transmissions have been reported in the United states. The officials have said that they have not found a woman infecting a male partner with the particular virus but there have been evidences of an infected male infecting the females through sexual contact.
The researchers in Britain have found out that the Zika virus could be present in the semen of an infected male for about 62 days after the day of the initial infection, Reuters reported.
The CDC has advised people who have travelled to the Zika-infected areas to use condoms in order to avoid further infections.