CDC warning about Zika: Use a condom

Viral particles can also be found in blood and saliva

(NBC News) There’s growing evidence the Zika virus, thought to be the cause of severe birth defects, can be passed to others through sexual contact.

The Centers for Disease Control released new guidelines Friday targeting pregnant women and their partners.

According to the new guidelines pregnant women whose partners have traveled to countries where Zika virus is spreading should either not have sex or use condoms until one of two things occurs: The man tests negative for zika, or the woman delivers her baby.

That new guidance from the CDC comes amid growing evidence linking Zika to a devastating birth defect called microcephaly, where babies are born with abnormally small brains.

Viral particles can also be found in blood and saliva, but scientists are still trying to determine whether zika can be spread through kissing.

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