Madrid, Nov. 7 (EFE) .- The Ramón y Cajal hospital in Madrid diagnosed a young man who had not traveled to risk areas for the first case of dengue due to sexual transmission recorded in Europe, health sources confirmed on Thursday to Efe.
This is the first case of indigenous sexual transmission in Spain and in Europe, since there is only one similar case in South Korea, and the first among a same-sex couple.
The case was notified at the end of September at that hospital in Madrid, and the patient's sexual partner was another man who had recently traveled to Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
The two men had unprotected sex in early September, so semen samples were studied that gave a positive result.
The importance of this case is that it is the first described of probable sexual transmission of dengue virus in an area without the presence of mosquitoes vectors of the disease, and the first described in men who have sex with men (MSM).
Dengue is a disease caused by a virus that is usually transmitted through the bite of a mosquito and is endemic in several countries in America, Southeast Asia and Africa.
With 150 dead and almost 162,000 people affected, dengue has reached epidemic levels in Central America and Mexico, according to the latest data from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
According to PAHO, almost 700 people died of dengue this year in Latin America, with Brazil being the most affected country with 485 dead, followed by Honduras with 82, Colombia with 35, Guatemala with 34 and Mexico with 20.
The clinical picture is characterized by a generalized malaise, high fever, headache and a rash on the face that extends through the neck, chest and extremities. EFE