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Sex warning: Zika virus can remain in sperm for at LEAST six months

Medical Institute of Infectious Diseases Spallanzani in Rome said their monitoring meant that the patient, is now recovered, it was found that the virus was still identifiable in semen 181 days after the onset of their symptoms.

patient who developed fever and rash after returning from Haiti to Italy, was diagnosed with Zika (ZIKV) virus infection in January 2016.

the report said the patient had returned from a two week stay in Haiti, and developed a fever and a rash on his body and arms.

Zika virus is linked babies being born with small heads -. A condition called microcephaly, which leads to damage and learning disabilities brain

has also been revealed virus Zika can cause joint deformities in babie newborn s.

virus is transmitted by mosquito bites, or sexual transmission.

The authors of the report describes the amount of time the virus was detectable in semen as “remarkable”.

have been urged

men to adopt safe sex practices

The report says. “According to the current recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention men who have had a diagnosis of ZIKV disease and not reside in an area with transmission ZIKV active must wait at least six months after the onset of symptoms before attempting conception. “

Similar recommendations they have been released by the World Health Organization (wHO), which advises travelers returning male ZIKV transmission areas known to adopt safer sexual practices and wait at least eight weeks before trying to conceive.

Zika was they described as “public health emergency” by WHO, were estimated after more than one million cases of Zika virus have occurred in Brazil since the beginning of the outbreak.

More than fifty people have been diagnosed with the disease in the UK.

aerial insecticide has been sprayed onto an infected area of ​​Miami, after Florida health officials have confirmed more people were infected with the virus.

Pregnant women or women who were trying to get pregnant, have been urged not to travel to the Olympic Games in Rio this year.

Women also are being urged to not get pregnant until at least eight weeks after returning from Brazil, according to the latest recommendations from health authorities in the United States.

There is currently no cure for Zika but scientists are working on finding a vaccine.

The report was published in the journal Eurosurveillance.

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