CDC: First case of female-to-male transmission of Zika virus reported

CDC: First case of female-to-male transmission of Zika virus reported
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NEW YORK (WCSC) - The first documented case of female-to-male sexual transmission of the Zika virus has been reported in New York City, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Up until this new report, the only-known chance for infection had been male-to-female or male-to-male.

New York City's health department identified a non-pregnant woman in her twenties who reported that she engaged in unprotected sex with a male partner after returning from travel to an area with an ongoing Zika virus threat. The following day, she developed fever, fatigue, a rash, muscle and joint pain, back pain, swelling of the extremities, and numbness and tingling in her hands and feet, according to the CDC.

Seven days from her symptoms, her partner began to experience the same symptoms, they said.

The man confirmed he had not been outside of the United States during the year before his illness. The man also confirmed the reported infected woman to be his sole sexual partner. During an interview, the man told the CDC he did not receive any mosquito bites within the week preceding his illness.

This new development prompted the CDC to change the guidance and regulations for pregnant women.

This case represents the first reported and documented occurrence to female-to-male sexual transmission of the Zika virus.

The CDC urged doctors to report to their local or state health department any patients with illnesses compatible with Zika virus disease who do not have a history of travel to an area with ongoing Zika virus transmission, but who had a sexual exposure to a partner who did travel.

For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/zika.

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