Zika Transmission through Sexual Intercourse – 14 New Cases under Study

14 new Zika reports, in which virus was possibly transmitted through sexual intercourse, are now under study by US health authorities. Experts fear that confirmed positive reports will point to a great danger of Zika virus spreading with even greater pace.

It is worth mentioning here that scientists have been ruling out contagion of Zika through sex. Documentation of only a few cases has been considered absolutely incidental. Nevertheless, experts started paying attention to the factor of physical relationship being another major cause of zika transmission after two pregnant women were tested positive. Rest now depends upon the test results of remaining four women’s samples. The positive results would definitely indicate zika’s ability to transmit via physical relations.

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The transmission of this infection is also suspected to cause problems for newborns, as they might get birth defects developed or may suffer impermanent paralysis. Surely there would be the risk of development of impairment in the newborn’s immune system.

According to deputy director of CDC Dr. Anne Schuchat, the positive results of sample data would indicate that greater risk is out there.

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The cases that CDC is examining involve the reports of women whose male partners had been on the tour of foreign countries where Zika virus has huge impact.

The study results are surely going to help in standardizing the very precautionary instructions which are given to avoid transmission of STDs. If test results come out positive, the instructions to stay aggressively cautious would be given, specially, to the persons returning from Zika virus hit areas.

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The speculation about sexual intercourse being the major cause of Zika transmission is made due to the fact that people in country’s areas with extremely cool weathers are also getting infected. This situation puts mosquito’s action out of the question. Hence, physical relationship emerges as the major reason for spreading of this infection.

Experts say that presence of Zika virus would likely to affect other body fluids including semen. If this speculation turns out to be true, there would be no way other than following strict precautionary measures while having intercourse.