Spain reports first case of dengue spread by sex

The disease was previously only thought to be spread by mosquitos

The disease was previously only thought to be spread by mosquitos Credit Joao Paulo Burini Moment RF

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control confirmed that this Spanish case was, "according to their knowledge, the first case of sexually transmitted dengue virus between two men".

Susana Jimenez from the Madrid region's public health department said that a 41-year-old Spanish man, based in Madrid, received the dengue infection after having sex with his male partner.

"His partner presented the same symptoms as him but lighter around ten days earlier, and he had previously visited Cuba and the Dominican Republic", she added.

Dengue was first thought to be transmissible through getting physical after forensics detected the virus in the semen of an Italian man who traveled in Thailand and was diagnosed with the infection.

"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", she said.

A "likely" case of sexual transmission of dengue fever between a man and a woman was the subject of a scientific article in South Korea, Jimenez said.

Dengue is most generally caught by of us travelling to hotter climates reminiscent of South East Asia, Africa, Australia, the Caribbean and South and Central The United States. They are saying dengue, additionally is named "destroy-bone fever" due to the the joint anxiety it causes, will threaten 60 per cent of the arena's population, or six billion of us, by 2080.

It is Known that the dengue virus commonly has four strains that can infect humans; a previous infection can increase the risk of developing the severe form of the disease.

The disease is fatal only in vulgar cases however the symptoms are extremely injurious, at the side of a excessive fever, extreme headaches and vomiting.

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