A woman in Colorado says she contracted the West Nile virus through sexual contact with her infected husband. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is no scientific evidence that West Nile can be transmitted sexually. However, there is evidence it can be spread through blood transfusions, organ donation and breast milk, click here, which all involve the exchange of bodily fluids.
Jennifer Lei, 42, accompanied her husband and 18-year-old son on a Labor Day hunting trip. She used bug repellant and left after a day. Edward and Jacob Lei came down with symptoms of West Nile a week later and tested positive for it. Jennifer tested positive several weeks later.
“She was probably infected by a mosquito,” says John Pape, an epidemiologist with the state Department of Public Health. “But clearly we can’t discount other theories now that we’ve seen the evidence of blood transmission.” West Nile first appeared in the United States in 1999, and has infected 3,399 people in 39 states so far this year and killed 193, according to the CDC.
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