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World’s First-Ever Dengue Case Spread By Sex Confirmed In Spain

The patient acquired it from his partner who was infected in Cuba.

The world’s first-ever known case of dengue being spread through sexual intercourse has been confirmed in Spain.

A 41-year old man from Madrid was reported to have picked up the virus from his male partner who was infected during a trip to Cuba. According to Agence France Presse (AFP) as reported by Manila Bulletin, the man’s dengue infection was confirmed in September, though doctors were initially puzzled because the patient hasn’t traveled to a country where the disease is prevalent.

Susana Jimenez of Madrid’s Public Health Department shared that the man’s partner "presented the same symptoms as him but lighter around ten days earlier, and he had previously visited Cuba and the Dominican Republic."

A sperm analysis of the two confirmed that they were both infected by the same dengue virus prevalent in Cuba.

The Stockholm-based European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) expressed in an e-mail to AFP that this is, "to our knowledge, the first sexual transmission of the dengue virus among men who have sex with men."


ChannelNewsAsia has reported n earlier case of possible transmission of dengue between a man and a woman was also reported in South Korea, though the case hasn’t been confirmed.

The dengue virus is commonly spread by an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that it is common in more than a hundred countries in the world, with forty percent of the population living in areas at risk of dengue.

The 41-year old patient has successfully recovered, with traces of the virus completely disappearing from his body 55 days after treatment according to the DailyMail.

The Department of Health has declared a dengue outbreak in the country in August of this year.

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