Wednesday, 1 June 2016

WHO updates guidelines for prevention of sexually transmitted Zika virus

The primary transmission route of Zika virus is via the Aedes mosquito. However, mounting evidence has shown that sexual transmission of Zika virus is possible and more common than previously assumed.

This is of concern due to an association between Zika virus infection and adverse pregnancy and fetal outcomes, including microcephaly, neurological complications and Guillain-Barré syndrome.

The current evidence base on Zika virus remains limited. This guidance, according to the World Health Organisation,  will be reviewed and the recommendations updated as new evidence emerges.

Download the guideline here