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CDC: Zika Virus Can Be Sexually Transmitted

Feb 23, 2016

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    <img alt="CDC: Zika Virus Can Be Sexually Transmitted" src="http://www.sexhealthmatters.org/images/uploads/02-24-16 - NEWS - Zika Virus - CDC.jpg" style="width: 275px; height: 154px; border-width: 10px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: right;" />The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that Zika virus can be sexually transmitted by a man to his sex partners. The agency urges caution for partners, especially pregnant women, who may be at risk.</p>
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    Zika virus is spread by mosquitoes. Currently, the areas with the most virus activity include Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, and Cape Verde.</p>
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    Most people with Zika virus do not have symptoms. Those who do might have a fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (pink eye). Usually, symptoms are mild and may last for up to a week.</p>
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    <em>Zika virus can be sexually transmitted by a man to his sex partners. Learn more......</em> <a href="http://ctt.ec/AbFfb" target="_blank">(Click to tweet)</a></p>
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    However, Zika virus is of great concern for pregnant women. Scientists have found a connection between mothers infected with Zika and microcephaly in their babies. Microcephaly is a birth defect in which the baby&rsquo;s head is smaller than normal. In some cases, the baby&rsquo;s brain is also smaller and doesn&rsquo;t develop properly.</p>
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    Scientists think Zika virus might also be linked to Guillain-Barr&eacute; syndrome, an immune system disorder.</p>
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