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First case of dengue spread by confirmed sex in Spain

MADRID: Spanish health authorities confirmed on Friday, November 9, the case of a man who was transmitting dengue fever through sex, a world first for a virus that, until recently, would have been transmitted only by mosquitoes.

The case concerns a 41-year-old Madrid man who contracted dengue fever after having sex with his male partner, who contracted the virus during a visit to Cuba, during a visit to Cuba. a visit to Cuba, said Susana Jimenez from the public health department of the Madrid region.

His dengue infection was confirmed in September and this confused doctors because he had not traveled to a country where the disease, which causes severe flu-like symptoms, such as a high fever and aches, is common, she added.

"His partner had the same symptoms as him, but lighter about ten days earlier, he had already been to Cuba and the Dominican Republic," Jimenez said.

"An analysis of their sperm was carried out and revealed that not only were they suffering from dengue but that it was exactly the same virus that was circulating in Cuba."

A "probable" scientific case of sexual transmission of dengue between a man and a woman has recently been the subject of a scientific paper in South Korea, Jimenez said.

In an e-mail sent to AFP, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which monitors health and diseases in Europe, said it was "acting" to our knowledge of the first sexual transmission of the dengue virus among men who have sex with men ".

According to the World Health Organization's website, dengue fever is mainly transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which lives in densely populated tropical climates and breeds in puddles of stagnant water.

This is very serious – and fatal – in children, especially young girls, although scientists do not know why.

Dengue fever is most often caught by people traveling in warmer climates such as Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, the Caribbean, South America and Central America.

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