CDC: Don't donate sperm in three Florida counties due to Zika

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The threat of sexually-transmitted Zika in south Florida may not be fully abated, as health officials warn women seeking reproductive care to consult clinicians about the risks of using donated semen. Testing for tissue donors, including semen donors, is not now available; however, tissue donors are asked travel history questions, and if they have traveled to or live in an area of active Zika virus transmission they would be determined ineligible under current FDA guidance.

"Blood donations throughout the United States are tested for Zika with laboratory testing, resulting in the removal of Zika virus positive collections in multiple states and Puerto Rico. Testing for tissue donors, including semen donors, is not now available; however, tissue donors are asked travel history questions, and if they have traveled to or live in an area of active Zika virus transmission they would be determined ineligible under current FDA guidance". The CDC found evidence that some people may have traveled to Miami Beach when it was active for the mosquito-borne transmission of Zika and forgotten about it, according to NBC News. But infections were reported in people in South Florida who couldn't clearly be linked to Miami-Dade.

"CDC has identified a potential risk of Zika virus transmission starting on June, 15, 2016, to present in Miami-Dade County, Florida, that also could affect risk for residents of Broward and Palm Beach counties", the release stated on Monday. So, he said, "if you're a woman who is considering using donated semen samples that have been collected during this period of time, you need to have a conversation with your provider about potential benefits and risks of using it".

In addition, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects (e.g., microcephaly) and is associated with other adverse pregnancy outcomes.

The organization's warning follows a recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates sperm donations, that sperm banks shouldn't accept donations from men with the virus, or who had been in areas where the virus is prevalent.

The U.S.is now readying itself for the likelihood of more Zika cases in the coming months.

Officials said the last locally acquired Zika case occurred on Dec 21, though Florida Health recently reported a few more cases that were confirmed in follow-up testing.

Officials said residents of the tri-county area may not consider their movements between counties as travel to a risk area.

Stay and sleep in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms.

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