Persistent Zika virus detection in semen in a traveler returning to the United Kingdom from Brazil, 2016

03 Dec, 2017

Authors: Gaskell KM, Houlihan C, Nastouli E, Checkly AM

Published in: Emerg Infect Dis.2017;23(1):137-139

Abstract Zika virus is normally transmitted by mosquitos, but cases of sexual transmission have been reported. We describe a patient with symptomatic Zika virus infection in whom the virus was detected in semen for 92 days. Our findings support recommendations for 6 months of barrier contraceptive use after symptomatic Zika virus infection.