Sexual transmission of Zika virus in Germany, April 2016

Christina Frank, D. Cadar, A. Schlaphof, N. Neddersen, Stephan Günther, Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit & D. Tappe
Zika virus (ZIKV), an emerging mosquito-borne flavivirus, causes a mild dengue fever-like illness but has recently been associated with neurological disease and severe birth defects. The virus is currently causing a large epidemic in the Americas. Here, we report a male-to-female sexual transmission of ZIKV in Germany in April 2016, following travel to Puerto Rico of the male patient, demonstrated by subsequent seroconversions and molecular identification of identical virus sequences from both patients.
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