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Chile Reports Its First Sexually Transmitted Zika Case

  • Male Aedes albopictus mosquitoes are seen in this picture. Zika virus is among the viruses spead by the species.

    Male Aedes albopictus mosquitoes are seen in this picture. Zika virus is among the viruses spead by the species. | Photo: Reuters

Published 26 March 2016
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U.S. health officials recommend that women wait at least two months, and men at least six, before attempting to conceive after being infected with Zika.

Chile has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus having been sexually transmitted, informed Saturday the health ministry in a statement.

The new case in Chile is that of a 46-year-old woman whose partner was infected while in Haiti. Chile, where the mosquitoes that transmit the virus are not found, has confirmed 10 cases of Zika involving people infected outside of the country.

U.S. health officials recommend that women wait at least two months, and men at least six, before attempting to conceive after being infected with Zika, as the virus is suspected to have caused tens of thousands of cases of birth defects in Brazil

However, the link between the virus and the birth defects has not been scientifically established yet. A larvicide, known as pyriproxyfen, added to drinking water supplies to prevent the development of mosquito larvae, was found by Argentine doctors as a possible source of the birth defects.

However, “the difference should be noted between the registered and real morbidity, as the majority of cases have no symptoms,” the agency warned.

Earlier this week, two people in Bangladesh and South Korea were also tested positive for the infection.

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