New York Reports First Female-to-Male Zika Transmission Via Sex

Public health officials have identified the first reported occurrence of female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A routine investigation by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) identified a nonpregnant woman in her 20s who reported she had engaged in a single event of condomless vaginal intercourse with a male partner the day she returned to New York City from travel to an area with ongoing Zika virus transmission. Seven days after intercourse, the woman’s male partner, also in his 20s, developed fever, a maculopapular rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis.

The woman had a headache and abdominal cramping while in the airport awaiting her return to New York. The following day (day 1), she developed fever, fatigue, a maculopapular rash, myalgia, arthralgia, back pain, swelling of the extremities, and numbness and tingling in her hands and feet. In

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