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Beach County—and any men who have lived or traveled in those counties since June 15 of last year.
According to the CDC, the Zika virus can remain in semen for months. However, there isn’t any evidence of pregnant women being infected through sperm donation, and the CDC does consider the risk low.
But just to be safe, men having lived in or traveled to those three counties aren’t supposed to donate sperm until otherwise notified. There are a dozen sperm banks in those counties, though, which may need to shutter their doors for the time being.
Up to 80 percent of people who are infected with the virus have no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may include fever, joint pain, rash, and red eyes; these symptoms typically last from a few days to a week. Most at-risk of contracting the virus are pregnant women, because they can pass the virus to their fetus—and the disease is much worse when it’s passed on this way. It can cause miscarriage or lifelong neural deficits.
“Now we understand more than we did months ago is that evidence of the Zika virus is present in semen for up to three months after a man is infected and people may not have accurately recalled potential exposure [to the virus] especially if in a local area,” says Dr. Matthew Kuehnert, director of the CDC office of Blood, Organ, and Other Tissue Safety, who’s also one of the members of the CDC’s Zika emergency response team.
What Do You Think?
Are you worried about Zika virus coming up to Wisconsin? While we’re still thawing out right now, summer is right around the corner. I’d love to hear your take on whether we should be concerned about the spread of Zika virus in Milwaukee and the surrounding communities, so please share your thoughts on my Facebook page or on Twitter. The Centers for Disease Control issued a dire warning to residents of three Florida counties: Don’t donate sperm or you could spread the Zika virus.
The residents affected are in Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Palm
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