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CDC Updates Guidelines for Preventing Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published updated guidance for preventing sexual transmission of Zika virus. As a result of investigating 14 additional reports of possible sexual transmission of the virus, CDC has issued an advisory to underscore the importance of adhering to the interim guidance published on Feb. 5. The CDC’s investigation included several events involving possible transmission to pregnant women, and two cases in which Zika virus infection has been confirmed in women whose only known risk factor was sexual contact with an ill male partner who had recently traveled to an area with local Zika virus transmission.

The CDC’s recommendations, which apply to men who reside in or have traveled to areas with active Zika virus transmission and their sex partners, will be revised as more information becomes available.