Navigation
Suscribe
Menu Search Facebook Twitter
Search Close
Menu ALL SECTIONS
  • Capital Coahuila
  • Capital Hidalgo
  • Capital Jalisco
  • Capital Morelos
  • Capital Oaxaca
  • Capital Puebla
  • Capital Quintana Roo
  • Capital Querétaro
  • Capital Veracruz
  • Capital México
  • Capital Michoacán
  • Capital Mujer
  • Reporte Índigo
  • Estadio Deportes
  • The News
  • Efekto
  • Diario DF
  • Capital Edo. de Méx.
  • Green TV
  • Revista Cambio
Radio Capital
Pirata FM
Capital Máxima
Capital FM
Digital
Prensa
Radio
TV
X
Newsletter
Facebook Twitter
X Welcome! Subscribe to our newsletter and receive news, data, statistical and exclusive promotions for subscribers
World

WHO: Sexual Transmission of Zika More Common than Thought

UN healt agency says there is increasing evidence that a spike in birth defects is caused by the virus

CHIKUNGUNYA, ZIKA, ÉBOLA Y DENGUE MARCARON 2015 EN TEMA DE SALUD
By Reuters Whatsapp Twitter Facebook Share
2 years ago

The World Health Organization (WHO) advised pregnant women on Tuesday not to travel to areas with ongoing outbreaks of Zika virus due to the potential risk of birth defects.

It said sexual transmission was “relatively common” and that health services in Zika-affected areas should be ready for potential increases in cases of neurological syndromes such as microcephaly and congenital malformations.

“Pregnant women whose sexual partners live in or travel to areas with Zika virus outbreaks should ensure safe sexual practices or abstain from sex for the duration of their pregnancy,” the WHO said in a statement, based on advice from its Emergency Committee of independent experts.

Previously the U.N. health agency had advised women to consider deferring non-essential travel to areas with ongoing transmission of the mosquito-borne virus, which is spreading through Latin America, including Olympics host Brazil.

The link between Zika and babies born with small heads and developmental problems, as well as Guillain-Barre syndrome which can cause paralysis, has not been proven scientifically but studies point in that direction, it said.

REFILE - CLARIFYING CAPTIONA worker uses an electronic microscope to observe mosquitoes at "Grupo Avance" (Advance Group) laboratory where biochemists are developing a possible Zika-repellent clothes detergent additive in Santiago, March 4, 2016. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado

REFILE – CLARIFYING CAPTIONA worker uses an electronic microscope to observe mosquitoes at a laboratory in Santiago, Chile. Photo: Reuters/Iván Alvarado.

“Clearly Zika infection during pregnancy will produce very bad outcomes,” WHO director-general Margaret Chan told a news conference. “It is important we recommend strong public health measures and not wait until we have definitive proof.”

David Heymann, who chairs the WHO Emergency Committee set up on February 1, said of the recommendation: “The onus is on countries to identify and report where they have outbreaks and where they don’t.”

The WHO did not recommend any general trade or travel restrictions. But it said that existing mechanisms under the WHO’s International Health Regulations should be explored, including recommendations that airports be sprayed to eliminate mosquitoes and their breeding grounds.

“We can expect more cases and further geographical spread,” Chan said. “Sexual transmission is more common than previously assumed.”

Bruce Aylward, WHO Executive Director for Outbreaks and Emergencies, told reporters that sexual transmission had only been documented as spreading from men to women.

“There’s no evidence of women-to-men (transmission), so this dead-ends,” he said.

We can expect more cases and further geographical spread.”

-Margaret Chan. World Health Organization director-general.

STEPAHNIE NEBEHAY AND TOM MILES

Comments Whatsapp Twitter Facebook Share
More From The News
Latest News

Democrat Jones wins stunning red-state A ...

4 days ago
Business

Asian stocks mixed ahead of Fed rate ann ...

4 days ago
Entertainment

NFL Network suspends analysts over sexua ...

4 days ago
Business

Minnesota announces restrictions on usin ...

4 days ago
Most Popular

Patricia Espinosa Opens Mexico Conferenc ...

By The Associated Press
Business

French PM says Disputed Labour Bill Open ...

By The Associated Press
Business

White House Steps Up Aid for Financially ...

By The Associated Press
Business

Inflation-hit Venezuela to Print Bigger ...

By The Associated Press
Business

Skype Co-founder Launches Ultra-Private ...

By Reuters
Business