Dengue fever infects humans through 'sexual intercourse'

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In an email to "AFP"The European Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that this Spanish case is "According to our information the first transmission of infection Dengue fever, By sexual intercourse between two men".

Spanish physician Susana Jimenez, an epidemiologist from the General Directorate of Public Health in the Madrid region, stressed "A possible case of sexually transmitted infection between a man and a woman has been the subject of a scientific article in South Korea in the past".

The case was diagnosed in Madrid, Jimenez said "She is a 41 – year – old man who contracted the virus during a relationship with an infected person during a visit to Cuba", Where it may be subjected to capacitance mosquito.

The case of the man, confirmed at the end of September, stunned scientists because he did not travel to a country where dengue fever is widespread. It was confirmed that he could not have a mosquito bite in Spain.

And the doctor told "His partner suffered the same symptoms, but they were less severe ten days ago, and he had previously traveled to Cuba and the Dominican Republic.".

The tests showed Monday dengue fever.

She saw this "It is very important information as we have discovered a new mechanism for transmission of the virus" She pointed out that the presence of sexually transmitted infections in countries where dengue fever is widespread cannot be ruled out.

Dengue fever is a non-fatal disease, but it causes severe pain to its patients so it is called "Broken bone fever", And causes large numbers of hospitalizations.

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In an e-mail to "Agence France Presse," the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention that this Spanish case is "according to our information the first transmission of dengue infection, and through sexual contact between two men."

"It has been a possible case of sexually transmitted infection between a man and a woman who has been the subject of a (scientific) article in South Korea in the past," stressed Spanish doctor Susana Jimenez, an epidemiologist from the Madrid Public Health Directorate.

The diagnosed case in Madrid "is for a 41-year-old man who contracted the virus during a relationship with an infected person during a visit to Cuba," Jimenez said.

The case of the man, confirmed at the end of September, stunned scientists because he did not travel to a country where dengue fever is widespread. It was confirmed that he could not have a mosquito bite in Spain.

"His partner suffered the same symptoms, but they were less severe ten days ago. He had already traveled to Cuba and the Dominican Republic," she said.

The tests showed Monday dengue fever.

"This is very important information as we have discovered a new mechanism of transmission," she said, noting that sexual transmission in countries with dengue fever cannot be ruled out.

Dengue fever is a non-fatal disease, but it causes severe pain to its patients so called "broken bone fever", and causes large numbers of hospital admissions.

(tagsToTranslate) Dengue (t) Dengue prevalence (t) Mosquito (t) Prevalence of infection (t) Spain

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