WHO Strengthens Guidelines to Prevent Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus

May 31, 2016 3:53 PM

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The World Health Organization has strengthened its guidelines for Zika due to fears that the virus may persist in bodily fluids for longer than previously thought.

The WHO advised couples to use barrier contraception or abstain from sexual contact for at least eight weeks after returning from an area with ongoing Zika virus transmission. This is double its previous guideline of four weeks.

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