Safe sex for 6 months after visting Zika-hit areas: WHO

Zika is primarily transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, and also by sexual contactThe World Health Organization on Tuesday toughened its advice on preventing the spread of Zika, saying anyone returning from areas hit by the virus should practise safe sex for six months afterwards. The updated guidelines mean the UN health body's recommendations regarding sexual transmission are now the same whether or not people are showing symptoms of the virus. "WHO recommends practising safer sex or abstinence for a period of six months for men and women who are returning from areas of active transmission… to prevent Zika virus infection through sexual transmission," the agency said.

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