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Saturday, February 27, 2016

FIRST SEXUALLY-TRANSMITTED CASE OF ZIKA IN FRANCE



A first case of Zika spread through sexual transmission has been recorded in France after a woman was infected when her partner returned from Brazil, Heath Minister Marisol Touraine told AFP on Saturday. According to the Minister, the case was detected several days ago in “a woman who is not pregnant,” he told AFP during a visit to French Guiana.


Reports gathered that Brazil has been the hardest hit country by the mosquito-borne virus, with 1.5 million cases of active Zika transmission. The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that up to 46 countries have reported some level of evidence of Zika infection and that 130 countries are home to the Aedis aegypti mosquito which carries the virus.

In nearly all Zika cases, symptoms are mild, resembling those of flu. However, the growing belief that Zika can also trigger microcephaly in babies born to mothers infected while pregnant has spread international alarm. Microcephaly is a congenital condition that causes abnormally small heads and hampers brain development. As we speak, there is currently no cure or vaccine against the Zika virus.

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