ATLANTA, GA – More disturbing news about the mosquito-borne Zika virus as scientists race to stop the spread of this insidious and silent sickness.
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they have found 14 new cases of Zika that may have been spread by sex.
Pregnant women are among the new cases, and the CDC is pretty much convinced those women got pregnant through sex.
Health authorities say if Zika can be passed on through having sex, then this will have major implications for controlling the virus they once thought was spread simply by mosquito bites.
The CDC says it has no evidence women can give Zika to their sex partners, but they’re not totally sure. And that’s why they’re reaching into their bag of tricks for ideas.
The CDC says men who come back from areas with the Zika outbreak should use condoms when having sex, especially if the woman is pregnant.
The other alternative: abstain. Go without sex during pregnancy. That goes for men and women.
And for women, don’t travel to the more than 30 areas in the country with Zika outbreaks.
They say that could include the Gulf Coast in coming weeks.
And that’s a sex ed quickly when it comes to Zika prevention. Very simply, do without or use a condom, just to make sure you’re covered.