Prolonged Zika virus RNA detection in semen of immunosuppressed patient

Christina Petridou*, David Bonsall, Aleem Ahmed, Mark Roberts, Carolyn Bell, Mariateresa de Cesare, Rory Bowden, Victoria Graham, Daniel Bailey, Andrew Simpson, Emma Aarons

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Zika virus RNA has been detected in semen samples collected <370 days after symptom onset. We report unusual persistence of Zika virus RNA in semen, confirmed by sequencing at 515 days after symptom onset and detectable for >900 days, in a patient with immunosuppression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1598-1600
Number of pages3
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank Tim Brooks, Steve Pullen, Azim Ansari, Megan MacDiarmid, and Paul Klenerman for their valuable contributions.

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© 2019, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All rights reserved.

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