Sexually-transmitted Dengue Confirmed In Spain

The first-ever case of dengue transmission through same-sex was confirmed by the Spanish Authorities on Friday, November 9. Dengue is a virus that (thought until recently) can be acquired through mosquito bites.

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Sexually-transmitted dengue

Susana Jimenez from the public health department of Madrid region said that a 41-year-old man from Madrid incurred dengue virus after lovemaking with his male partner who got the virus from a mosquito bite on his trip to Cuba.

She added the confirmed dengue infection in September confused doctors because he had not gone to a country where the virus that causes indications like high fever and body aches is common.

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Sperm analysis

“His partner presented the same symptoms as him but lighter around ten days earlier, and he had previously visited Cuba and the Dominican Republic,” Jimenez said.

“An analysis of their sperm was carried out and it revealed that not only did they have dengue but that it was exactly the same virus which circulates in Cuba,” Jimenez told the Telegraph.

She also said that a case of dengue transmission through sex between a man and a woman was the subject of a recent scientific article in South Korea.

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The first-ever case of same-sex transmission confirmed

The Stockholm-based European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which monitors health and disease in Europe, said in the e-mail sent to Agence France-Presse (AFP), this was “to our knowledge, the first sexual transmission of the dengue virus among men who have sex with men.”

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Symptoms and preventions

The infection is fatal in severe cases, and its symptoms include high fever, severe headaches, and vomiting.

Dr. Ayush Pandey, a health practitioner said, “Not all cases of dengue are life-threatening. In fact, in most cases, dengue can be managed easily with supportive treatment… It is best to follow preventive measures for dengue and avoid sexual contact with the infected person. And if you have any further concerns, talk to your doctor.”

Prevention is essential, as it is the most effective way to control the virus. There are four strains of dengue, making it challenging to develop a vaccine for medications.

Dengvaxia

Dengvaxia, the first vaccine developed for dengue, is potent only in people who have already had the disease. Aside from it, there is no specific medication to cure dengue up to this writing.

Source Link: Rappler