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First case of sexually-transmitted Zika in France

France says the infected woman's partner travelled to Brazil Credit: Reuters

France has detected its first sexually-transmitted case of the Zika virus.

A senior health official announced today that a woman whose partner travelled to Brazil, the epicentre of the virus outbreak, was affected.

Earlier this week, U.S. officials said they were investigating 14 reports of the mosquito-borne disease that may have been transmitted through sex - including to several pregnant women.

Francois Bourdillon, head of France's Institute for Public Health Surveillance, said the infected woman was the country's "first confirmed indigenous case of transmission".

"This was a woman who had never travelled. Her partner had come from Brazil, so she was tested," Mr Bourdillon said, adding that both patients were doing well.

There is no cure or treatment for the virus which has so far spread to more than 30 countries.

462 cases of Zika-linked virus confirmed in Brazil

More than 400 cases of microcephaly, a condition linked to the Zika virus, have been confirmed in Brazil and thousands more are being investigated.

The country said it had 462 confirmed cases of microcephaly, a birth defect where a baby's head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age.

It is investigating a further 3,852 cases of the condition.


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