First sexually-transmitted case of Zika in France

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Paris: A case of Zika spread through sexual transmission has been recorded in France after a woman was infected when her partner returned from Brazil, Heath Minister Marisol Touraine said.

French minister for Social Affairs, Health and Women’s Rights Marisol Touraine (right)  visits intensive care unit. Pic/AFP
French minister for Social Affairs, Health and Women’s Rights Marisol Touraine (right)  visits intensive care unit. Pic/AFP

The case was detected several days ago in “a woman who is not pregnant,” the minister said during a visit to French Guiana, confirming information initially given by a medical source.

The couple lives in the Paris area. “She showed classic signs of the disease,” an official said. “She was not hospitalised and is doing well.”

Brazil has been the hardest hit country by the mosquito-borne virus, with 1.5 million cases of active Zika transmission.

In nearly all Zika cases, symptoms are mild, resembling those of flu. However, the growing belief that Zika can also trigger microcephaly in babies born to mothers infected while pregnant has spread international alarm.

Microcephaly is a congenital condition that causes abnormally small heads and hampers brain development. There is currently no cure or vaccine against the Zika Virus.

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