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People who live in or visit Zika areas should use condoms

U.S. health officials on Friday suggested people who live in or have traveled to areas affected by the Zika virus outbreak should use condoms or stop having sex.

The new interim guidelines were posted by the Centers from Disease Control following the confirmation of a sexually-transmitted case of Zika in Dallas.

In the case, a man who travelled to Venezuela passed Zika to his partner after he returned to Texas.

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After a rapid increase in babies born with microcephaly in the Americas, officials are warning people who live or have traveled to the areas effected by Zika to use condoms, or stop having sex.Mario Tama/Getty Images

After a rapid increase in babies born with microcephaly in the Americas, officials are warning people who live or have traveled to the areas effected by Zika to use condoms, or stop having sex.

Because Zika has been linked to birth defects, CDC’s new guidance focuses on men with pregnant partners and pregnant women and says they should “consistently and correctly use condoms during sex … or abstain from sexual activity for the duration of the pregnancy.”

But the agency also said people who are not expecting “may consider” taking the same precautions.

The virus’ illness is generally mild and 4 out of 5 people infected with Zika don’t realize it.

The virus’ illness is generally mild and 4 out of 5 people infected with Zika don’t realize it.JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images

The virus’ illness is generally mild and 4 out of 5 people infected with Zika don’t realize it.

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“The science is not clear on how long the risk should be avoided,” the new guidelines say.

Still, because mosquitos are the most common carrier of the illness, the best way to avoid the virus is to prevent mosquito bites, the CDC said.

The agency on Friday also widened its guidelines for pregnant women, saying that even those who do not have Zika symptoms should get tested after returning from countries affected by the outbreak.

epearson@nydailynews.com

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