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Possible Sexual Transmission Of Zika In Argentina

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 Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:09am EST

Argentine woman contracts Zika without leaving the country

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A health official in the Argentine province of Cordoba reported on Friday that a woman had contracted the Zika virus without having left the country, bringing to nine the total number of cases reported nationwide.

A major outbreak of the virus began in Brazil last year and has spread to many countries in the Americas.

"We are thinking that the virus could have been transmitted sexually," Cordoba health chief Francisco Fortuna told Radio Continental, adding that the patient had contact with a man who recently traveled to Colombia.

 Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:09am EST

Argentine woman contracts Zika without leaving the country

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A health official in the Argentine province of Cordoba reported on Friday that a woman had contracted the Zika virus without having left the country, bringing to nine the total number of cases reported nationwide.

A major outbreak of the virus began in Brazil last year and has spread to many countries in the Americas.

"We are thinking that the virus could have been transmitted sexually," Cordoba health chief Francisco Fortuna told Radio Continental, adding that the patient had contact with a man who recently traveled to Colombia.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-zika-argentina-idUSKCN0VZ21W?feedType=RSS&feedName=healthNews

 

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A health official in the Argentine province of Cordoba reported on Friday that a woman had contracted the Zika virus without having left the country, bringing to nine the total number of cases reported nationwide.

A major outbreak of the virus began in Brazil last year and has spread to many countries in the Americas.

"We are thinking that the virus could have been transmitted sexually," Cordoba health chief Francisco Fortuna told Radio Continental, adding that the patient had contact with a man who recently traveled to Colombia.

Prior to the infection in Cordoba, Argentina's health ministry had reported eight cases of Zika throughout the country as of last week.

Scientists are investigating a potential link between Zika infections of pregnant women and more than 4,300 suspected cases in Brazil of microcephaly, a condition marked by an abnormally small head size that can result in developmental problems.

Both Argentina and Colombia border Brazil.

Much remains unknown about Zika, including whether the virus actually causes microcephaly in babies. Brazil has confirmed more than 580 cases of microcephaly and considers most of them to be related to Zika infections in the mothers.

Airlines say the rapidly spreading Zika virus may be discouraging travel in the Americas, the International Air Transport Association said.

 

 

(Reporting by Hugh Bronstein and Nicolas Misculin)

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Argentina confirms first indigenous case of zika, which could be sexually

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Health authorities in the central province of Cordoba Argentina confirmed today the first indigenous case of zika in the South American country, a woman who would have been infected through sex a man with HIV who had traveled to Colombia.

"This is a woman who reported travel history. Also in epidemiological research, the link with a man with a history of travel to Colombia, who presented symptoms compatible with the disease was identified," according to the Ministry of Health Cordoba said in a statement.

According to the provincial health authorities, it is "a likely infected through sexual contact with the man who was in Colombia".

In addition, the statement said, the situation analysis confirms that in this specific case, registered in the provincial capital, the incubation period necessary for the spread was not given through the vector, the mosquito aedes aegytpi.

"That conclusion, more clinical data is present, leading to define it as an indigenous case with probable sexual transmission, while the investigation of the case continues," said the provincial Ministry of Health.

The woman had symptoms and consulted in a provincial public hospital and diagnosis of zika was confirmed by the Central Laboratory of Cordoba.

The patient was treated on an outpatient basis and evolved favorably, according to the statement.

Who would have caught the virus is a man who spent a month in Colombia and in the last two days before his return to Argentina had symptoms of the disease, such as rash and fever that persisted to reach Cordoba.

The patient had attended the consultation in Colombia and according to their clinical signs, diagnosis zika doctor, but was not conducted a laboratory analysis to confirm.

Cordoba had already reported earlier this month zika another imported case, a man of 68 years who had traveled to Margarita Island in Venezuela.

Two more imported cases of zika have been confirmed in Argentina, young Colombian resident in Buenos Aires who traveled to his native country and became ill there and a woman of 21 who had traveled to Colombia holiday. 

http://globovision.com/article/argentina-confirma-primer-caso-autoctono-de-zika-que-pudo-ser-por-via-sexual

 

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