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Spain confirms first case of dengue infection by sex


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Spanish health authorities confirm a case of a man spreading the dengue virus through sex, the first time in the world for a virus that has just been transmitted by mosquitoes.

The case involved a 41-year-old man from Madrid, infected with dengue after having sex with his boyfriend who got the virus out of a mosquito while traveling to Cuba, said Madrid regional health department spokeswoman Susana Jimenez.

The dengue outbreak was confirmed last September and confuses doctors because he does not visit the country frequently with diseases that show symptoms such as fever and body aches, she said.

“His partner showed the same symptoms but was lighter about 10 days earlier, and he was infected with dengue in Cuba and the Dominican Republic”.

Dengue is particularly vulnerable to tourists visiting hot-tempered countries such as Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, the Caribbean, Central America and South America

“The analysis shows that their sperm carry the virus and reveal that they are not only infected with Aedes Aegypti mosquito but are the same virus in Cuba”, Jimenez said.

The ‘possibility’ of sexually transmitted dengue cases between men and women has been the subject of a scientific article in South Korea.

In an email sent to AFP, the European Union’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) headquartered in Stockholm, which monitors health and disease in Europe, said to their knowledge, it was the first case of Aedes Aegypti mosquito transmission in men and boys.

Dengue is particularly vulnerable to the tourists visiting hot-tempered countries such as Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, the Caribbean, Central America and South America.

According to the World Health Organization’s website, dengue is transmitted mainly by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which thrives in densely-populated tropical climates and breeds in stagnant pools of water.

Read also: WHO announces latest list of essential medicines for diseases

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