With the ongoing worldwide Zika fight, World Health Organization(WHO) has advised people not to have sex up to eight weeks. It said, “abstinence is a key savior from the virus”.
A report published by WHO advises people on safe sexual practices in context to the virus. It said those who are showing Zika symptoms like fever, rashes, painful joints and red eyes should abstain from sex as advised.
“People should practice safer sex or abstain for at least eight weeks if they are returning from Zika-affected areas,” said spokesman Christian Lindmeier in a report by Reuter.
“The previous recommendation suggested a period of at least four weeks, so we’re upping (it),” he added.
The newly revised guidelines indicate a high probability of sexual transmission after scientists found the prolonged infection in the blood.
The virus has been linked to microcephaly – a health anomaly which causes birth defects. It is believed to be spread by Aedes Mosquito. Moreover, it is also suspected to be linked with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, where the immune system attacks the nerves.
Among South American countries, Brazil reports the most number of cases caused by microcephaly.
According to CNN, a majority of the cases reported outside the South America caused due to sexual transmission. Countries like the United States, France, Italy, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Portugal, New Zealand, Canada and Germany are some examples.
On Tuesday, New York Post reported the first baby to be born with the Zika-linked virus. A 31-year old mother gave birth to a baby girl. She was devastated by baby’s condition which showed intestinal and visual issues.While in Honduras, the mother reported rashes on her body. But until she arrived America she had no Zika symptoms.
In February, WHO also declared Zika a global health emergency after the substantial rise in the microcephaly cases. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) and WHO have advised pregnant to avoid traveling to Zika-affected countries.