Zika infections in two of the 14 are already confirmed by laboratory tests.
Generally, men who have traveled or live in areas with local Zika transmission who are anxious about ual transmission should consider using condoms or abstain.
“Sometimes we wait until every “i” is dotted and every “t” is crossed before we disseminate information”.
It recommends men who reside in or travel to areas of active Zika virus transmission with a pregnant partner, avoid ual contact or practice safe , using condoms consistently and correctly during (vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse, or fellatio). That was thought to be a medical oddity until health officials in Dallas reported in early February that they had recorded a case of ual transmission there. Currently, there is no evidence that women can transmit Zika virus to their partners, but more research needs to be done.
The survey recruited more than 1,000 respondents in the United States. Likewise, the agency did not specify the states in which the cases occurred.
Capt. Jennifer McQuiston, Deputy Incident Manager for the CDC’s Zika response, says she expects more cases of ual transmission in the next few months. Eight other cases are still being investigated, according to a CDC statement.
The survey (PDF) included questions about the participants’ knowledge about Zika and its transmission. Health officials think Zika might be connected to the rise in birth defects in the Americas, though it has not yet been proven. An increase in microcephaly cases was also seen during a Zika outbreak in French Polynesia in 2013-14.
But Tuesday’s announcement suggested that ual transmission of Zika – normally a mosquito-borne virus – may be more of a risk…
There is no cure or treatment for Zika and much remains unknown, including whether the virus actually causes the birth defect microcephaly, a condition marked by unusually small heads that can result in developmental problems.
The CDC just released some worrisome news about the ability for the untreatable Zika virus to be passed through . This advice relates to men who have a partner who is pregnant or may become pregnant.
Teams will also be on the lookout for other factors that, possibly in conjunction with Zika, could be behind Brazil’s increase in microcephaly, such as a previous infection with dengue, toxoplasmosis or the ingestion of toxins. New to the list are Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, and the Marshall Islands in Micronesia.