Sunday, December 4, 2016

UK has its first case of sexually transmitted Zika

A UK woman whose partner had recently travelled to an area with active Zika transmission  was diagnosed with Zika. Of the 265 known cases of Zika in the UK, this is the first case likely caused by sexual transmission.

Zika infection is usually self-limiting and mild, but poses teratogenic risks for pregnant women, as Zika has been linked to microcephaly in infants. As such, the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) of the UK advises travelers to check current outbreak information before traveling and to avoid mosquito bites. They recommend pregnant women to avoid travel to areas with active Zika transmission if possible. They advise that women who are planning to get pregnant to consider travel plans and avoid risk of Zika infection as much as possible.

Richa Wadekar

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