14 possible new cases of Zika virus spread through sex

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It seems spreading it through sex might be more likely than was first thought. (WPVI)

The CDC and state health labs are now looking into more than a dozen suspected cases of Zika virus which MAY have been spread through sexual contact.

Although the primary pathway for the spread of Zira virus remains mosquitoes, the new findings suggest spreading it through sex might be more likely than was first thought.

Health officials are following 14 new reports of possible transmission through sex.

All involve men who have traveled to known Zika-infected areas, and two of them involve pregnant women.

And in at least two cases, Zika has been confirmed in women whose only risk factor was contact with a man who had been to a Zika-affected area and had symptoms

Those men are now being tested.

The other cases are also waiting for lab results.

The CDC says there is still no evidence women can transmit Zika virus to their sex partners, but the research continues to evolve.

Couples are urged to use condoms if the man has traveled to an area with Zika virus.


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