Zika Could Also Be Transmitted Through Oral Sex, Kissing: Report


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Researchers have suggested that there could be more ways to transmit the Zika virus to another person. The mosquito-borne Zika virus which is particularly spread through the bite of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. The researchers also established that sexual contact could also lead to spread of the virus.

However, the scientists have now find out that it is probable that the Zika virus could also spread from other forms of sexual contact like oral sex or even kissing. Although the people infected with the virus how mild to no symptoms but Zika virus is pregnant women can cause severe birth defects in babies.

There have been more than 1,500 reported cases of Zika-associated microcephaly in Brazil. Microcephaly is a severe birth defect that is causes the infant’s head to unusually small and also some other severe developmental problems.

The United Nations health officials announced an updated guideline for prevention of the Zika virus this week in wake of growing cases of possible sexual transmission of the virus. The guidelines urges women who are trying to become pregnant to wait for at least eight weeks before trying if their partners live in or visited any of the Zika-infected regions.

The World Health Organization said if the male partner shows any symptoms related to the Zika virus, the couples should wait for at least six months before trying to get pregnant as Zika is associated with severe neurological defects in the infants.

In the recent study, the researchers found out that a 24-year-old woman became infected with Zika after having sexual contact with a 46-year-old man. The co-author of the report and an infectious disease specialist at the National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Paris, Dr. Yazdan Yazdanpanah said that the couple had been using oral sex as a medium of birth control, The New York Times reported.

The findings of the report were published in the New England Journal of Medicine on June 2.

Source: health.usnews


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