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CDC Advisory - Update: Interim Guidelines for Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus — US, 2016

February 24, 2016

Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network

February 23, 2016, 14:15 EST (2:15 PM EST) 


Update: Interim Guidelines for Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus — United States, 2016


Summary: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published recommendations for protecting people against sexual transmission of Zika virus (1). As stated in that report, information about possible sexual transmission of Zika virus was based on one published report of transmission from a man to a woman, one published report in which Zika virus was detected in semen of a man with hematospermia, and one case of possible sexual transmission then under investigation in Texas. An additional case of Zika virus detected in semen in a man was reported after the CDC recommendations were published (2). As of February 23, 2016, CDC and state public health departments are investigating 14 additional reports of possible sexual transmission of the virus, including several involving pregnant women. While additional investigations are being completed, CDC is issuing this HAN Advisory as a strong reminder to state, local, and US territorial public health departments, cl inicians, and the public to be aware of and adhere to current recommendations for preventing sexual transmission of Zika virus, particularly for men with pregnant partners. These recommendations may change as more information becomes available. 




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