Is Zika virus transmitted via sexual intercourse and oral sex ?

Yes, You can get from having sex.

You do not need to be bitten by a Zika carrying Mosquito!

Yesterday in South Carolina, a woman who never traveled was confirmed to have contracted Zika via sexual intercourse.

A team of European researchers has unveiled the mechanism that mosquito-borne viruses use to infect the rest of the body, potentially causing greater sickness.

The South Carolina resident was infected with the virus after sexual contact with someone who got the virus during travel abroad, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said Friday.

While the primary method of acquiring the Zika virus is from being bitten by a mosquito carrying it, it can also be transmitted from a pregnant woman to her fetus during pregnancy or during birth and through blood transfusions and sexual contact.

To date, there have been 6 confirmed cases of Zika virus in South Carolina. None of the infections has occurred because of a mosquito bite in the state. None of the infected individuals has been pregnant.

Because the Zika virus can be transmitted from a male sexual partner, the Centers for Disease Control says men with the virus should wait at least 6 months from first symptoms before attempting conception. If an infected man’s wife is pregnant, he should abstain from sex or use a condom. Men and women who may have been exposed to the Zika virus but don’t show any signs of illness should wait at least 8 weeks after exposure before trying to get pregnant.

 

 

 

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