Safe sex or no sex after visiting Zika-hit areas: WHO

Zika is mainly spread by the Aedes mosquito but has also been shown to transmit through sexual contactPeople who travel to Zika-hit areas should practice safe sex or have no sex at all for at least eight weeks after their return to avoid sexual transmission of the virus, WHO said Tuesday. If the male partner has shown symptoms of Zika, the couple should practice safe sex or abstain for six months, "to ensure that the infection has left the body and the virus will not be passed to… the partner," WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier told reporters. Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should avoid travelling to areas affected by Zika all together, and if their male partner has travelled to such an area, the couple should practice safe sex or abstain for the remainder of the pregnancy, it said.



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