Health officials say the first positive case of sexually transmitted Zika virus happened in Ontario, Canada, according to CBC News. The patient is said to have contracted the virus from a sexual partner who traveled to a country where the virus is spreading.
The culprit is none other than the Aedes aegypti mosquito. All it takes is one bite from an infected mosquito for the Zika virus to spread. The virus can be spread during sexual intercourse by an infected man to his partner, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is possible for the virus to remain in semen longer than blood and can be spread by a man while he has symptoms, before the symptoms start and after it ends.
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Details about this case is being kept confidential to protect the patient’s privacy, but this isn’t the first case of the Zika virus infection contracted locally through sexual contact. In February, a person in Texas became infected by a partner who travelled to Venezuela, according to Fox News. When traveling to other countries, it is best to take extreme precaution to protect oneself against mosquito bites.
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