France reports Europe's first sexually transmitted Zika case

France confirms first sexually transmitted case of Zika in Europe

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French Health Minsiter Marisol Touraine holds a news conference in Paris about the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus at the Ministry in France, February 3, 2016.

France has confirmed Europe’s first sexually transmitted case of Zika in a woman returning from Brazil.

France’s minister for social affairs, health and women’s rights, Marisol Touraine, said the case was detected in the Paris area adding that the woman was not pregnant and is likely to recover soon.

"She showed classic signs of the disease," an official said.

"She was not hospitalised and is doing well."

Francois Bourdillon, head of France's Institute for Public Health Surveillance (IVS), said in a televised broadcast that the infected woman was the country's "first confirmed indigenous case of transmission."   

"This was a woman who had never travelled. Her partner had come from Brazil, so she was tested," Bourdillon said.

US officials said earlier this week that they were investigating 14 reports of the infectious disease, including in pregnant women, to be sure about whether it can be transmitted through sexual intercourse.

Earlier this month the World Health Organization (WHO) also warned European countries that the disease possibly will spread in the warmer months of the year.

"Every European country in which Aedes mosquitoes are present can be at risk for the spread of Zika virus disease," WHO Europe chief Zsuzsanna Jakab said.

"With the onset of spring and summer, the risk that Zika virus will spread increases."

No cure or treatment have been found for the virus, which is usually transmitted by mosquitoes and is present in more than 30 countries.

TRTWorld and agencies