Presence of infectious Zika virus in vaginal samples

May 18, 2017

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The authors describe the case of a female infected with HIV, but fully suppressed, who developed a pruritic rash with fever and conjunctival hyperaemia in August 2016 following a trip to the French Caribbean islands. On day 3 following symptom onset, testing for Zika virus RNA was positive in plasma, urine and vaginal samples with viral loads of 3.8, 6.1 and 5.3 log copies/mL, respectively. The authors also found that they could culture infectious Zika virus particles from the vaginal samples, providing additional evidence that Zika virus could be transmitted sexually female to male.

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Penot P, Brichler S, Guilleminot J, Lascoux-Combe C, Taulera O, et al. ISSN: Euro Surveill; 22(3): pii=30444


Added: May 18, 2017