CDC: Pregnant Women Could Contract Zika From Male Or Female Sex Partners


pregnant couple in bedU.S. health officials on Monday updated their Zika virus guidelines, saying that pregnant women could contract Zika from a sex partner of either gender.

The virus can cause serious birth defects including microcephaly, where babies are born with abnormally small heads and brains.

The new update follows news last week of the first recorded female-to-male transmission of the virus during sex.

While mosquitoes are by far the most common form of transmission, cases of sexual transmission can occur, either male-to-female, female-to-male or female-to-female.