by Sheela Philomena on  April 17, 2016 at 3:32 PM Tropical Disease News
 First Sexually Transmitted Zika Case Reported in Peru
A woman tested positive for Zika in Peru officials went to see if she could have been bitten by a transmitter mosquito at her home. They found no mosquito presence, they tested her partner's sperm. He tested positive for the virus, Health Minister Anibal Velasquez told reporters.

The woman and her partner were treated in hospital and are now healthy, he added.

The virus has been linked to cases of microcephaly in babies born to mothers who have Zika, as well as to Guillain-Barre, a disorder that causes the immune system to attack parts of the nervous system that controls muscle strength.

Brazil, where the Zika virus was first detected in Latin America in early 2015, has had a surge in cases of microcephaly coinciding with the Zika outbreak.

On Thursday, neighboring Colombia reported the country's first two cases of microcephaly associated with Zika.

Some 70,000 clinical cases of Zika have been reported to date in Colombia, and as many as 200,000 cases are expected before the epidemic peaks.

Source: AFP

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