Zika virus alert: Sexual transmission common, says WHO

Geneva: The sexual transmission of the Zika virus is more common than previously thought, the World Health Organisation has said, citing reports from several countries. After a meeting of its emergency committee on Tuesday, the UN health agency also said there is increasing evidence that a spike in disturbing birth defects is caused by Zika, which is mostly spread by mosquito bites. China’s Margaret Chan, General Director of the World Health Organisation, in Geneva on Tuesday. Photo: AP WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said “reports and investigations in several countries strongly suggest that sexual transmission of the virus is more common than…
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