The first-ever case of dengue virus being transmitted through sexual contact or sex has been confirmed by doctors in Spain.
After having sexual contact with his male partner, a 41-year-old man from Madrid exposed to the dengue virus.
According to the Madrid Public Health Department, the man’s partner had contracted virus on a trip to Cuba.
In September, the health officials confirmed the man to be positive for dengue.
Officials, however, could not initially ascertain how he had been exposed to the virus, as he didn’t reside in an area, which was known to have reported cases of the fever before.
Besides, doctors ruled out that the Madrid man contracted the virus from travelling to an area known to be a hotspot for the infection.
The possibility of having the virus been transmitted sexually from his partner was narrowed down later.
A health official from Spain, Susana Jiminez, said that the man’s partner presented the same symptoms as him, but lighter about 10 days earlier, and he previously had visited the Dominican Republic and Cuba.
“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,” the health official added.
Dengue fever is caused by one of the four or five strains or serotypes of the virus. The only way known to be transmitting the virus to humans was through the infected mosquito’s bite. But this is the first-ever case to be reported of the virus being spread through sex.
Typically, the Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes spread the dengue virus.
The most common symptoms of dengue are high fever, muscle pain, joint pain, and general fatigue. As there is no vaccine for the virus, treatment is largely based on controlling the symptoms a person has.