Spain's health authorities confirmed on Friday the detection of a case of dengue infection through sex between two men, world news of the virus, which was thought to be transmitted only by mosquito bites.
In a letter addressed to AFP, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) confirmed that the Spanish case was "the first case of sexually transmitted dengue virus between two men" that they know.
"There was previously an article (scientist) published in South Korea about the alleged sexual transmission from a woman to a man," said medical epidemiologist Susana Jimenez of the Public Health Directorate in the Madrid area.
The case was diagnosed in Madrid. "A 41
The infection was confirmed in late September. intrigued scientists as the topic did not travel to a country where day
He examined the possibility that he might have been infected by a mosquito in Spain, but no mosquito-borne mosquitoes were detected in the areas he was in.
On the contrary, "your partner presented a clinic ten days ago (symptoms) very similar to yours, which was very mild and does not require attention. "" This man who traveled to Cuba and the Dominican Republic, "said the doctor.
Evidence shows that both had dengue. "Sperm samples were taken, analyzed and detected not only. It was dengue, but it was exactly the same virus, but also a virus that is spreading in Cuba," he added.
"This is a finding, news of global importance: find another mechanism for transmission," the doctor admitted.  In countries where dengue is endemic or there are mosquitoes that transmit it, "there is no way of sexually transmitted."
"What is happening is that so far this has not been considered because we have always thought
the World Health Organization (WHO) writes on its website that 'dengue is transmitted by mosquito bite Aedes, a carrier of one of the four dengue viruses. "