Can Zika Virus be Sexually Transmitted?

The ZIKA virus has been around in the United States since 2008. It was then, a doctor was studying In Africa when he became sick after being bitten by a mosquito.

The ZIKA virus has been around in the United States since 2008. It was then, a doctor was studying In Africa when he became sick after being bitten by a mosquito. Not long after, the doctor’s wife also became sick and they were both convinced that the viral infection was sexually transmissible. The doctor and his wife froze their blood in 2008 and their blood was released for further study.

On February 23, 2016, CNN revealed that there was four cases of the ZIKA virus infection reported to Center for Disease Control. Currently the number of cases is increased progressively. The latest statistics are as follow:

Pregnant women with any laboratory evidence of ZIKA virus:

Latest update from CDC as of September 22,2016

US STATES and DC:808

 US territories:1,149

Latest update from CDC as of September 28,2016

ZIKA virus disease cases reported to Arbonet:

US States and DC: 3.625

US territories: 22,069

Latest update from CDC as of September 28,2016

We do not have any available data for other countries where the ZIKA virus is endemic at this time. The ZIKA virus is sexually transmissible and CDC advise abstinence. Besides being transmitted  by sexual contact, CDC reported that the virus is spread through bites of mosquito Aedes Species (Aedes Aegyptae and Aedes albopictus), by blood transfusion , laboratory exposure . The most common symptoms of ZIKA disease are fever, rash, muscle, joint pain and conjunctivitis. People may experience headache, pain in the back, eyes, joint and muscle. The whole body feels fatigue, with lost of appetite, sweating and vomiting.

A pregnant woman can pass the virus to her baby which results in microcephaly. A baby with microcephaly can have a range of problems associated with the following: seizure, developmental problems (such as sitting, standing and walking), intellectual disabilities, problems with movement and balance, feeding problems (such as difficulty swallowing), hearing loss and vision problems.

These problems can range from mild to severe and are often life long and in some cases can be life threatening. Because, it is difficult to predict at birth what problems the child will have from microcephaly, they will need close monitoring with a medical professional.

There is no specific vaccine or treatment for the disease. Aware of the disastrous effect this viral infection can cause to the children of the world and to lessen the burden of government, CUFHAP will implement EVR : Eradication, Vaccination and Research.

For information about the latest CDC recommendations for the prevention of the ZIKA virus transmission: visit cufhap.com or cufhap.net.

Author: cufhap

Founder and executive Director on the Community United For Health And Prevention (CUFHAP), I am a trained physician with a master of Public Health, a Health care in developing countries certificate and an LPN. My goals are to develop strategies to partially decrease the population of the mosquitoes vector of the ZIKA virus in order to decrease the incidence of microcephaly among the children born from mothers infected by the ZIKA virus.By doing so,we will decrease the incidence of Guillain Barre Syndrome , encephalitis and other diseases caused by mosquito bite like malaria, arboviral meningo- encephalitis caused by multiple viral agents. These arboviral diseases are classified by geographic area WNV (Western Nile Virus), Eastern and Western equine encephalitis,La Crosse encephalitis, St Louis encephalitis. To reach these goals the Community United For Health And Prevention needs the support of the people and the governments.

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