Men Diagnosed with Zika to Abstain for 6 Months

The Zika virus continue to spread to other parts of the world latest being reported in Thailand among the 11 Southeast Asian countries affected by Zika.The new findings by French scientist have even shed more light about the potential of the Zika virus to be spread through sex though there is no prove yet

Initially CDC had given the recommendation of men abstaining from sex to be 8 weeks but due to the latest research the French scientist discover that there was Zika virus in the sperm of a man who was returning from French Guyana.This is worrying as Zika screening is not done in sperm donation fertility  centers.This might led to further spread of the disease even in fertility centers.The virus was found in the sperm not like before where it was found in semen only.The virus persisted for more than two months in sperms and approximately four months in semen.

This finding alerted the CDC to change their earlier recommendation of abstaining from sex from 8 weeks to 6 months.

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Author: healthfeels

Medical Researcher and Author based in Nairobi.Writing about health matters.

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