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Duque: Sexually transmitted dengue no cause for concern

/ 03:44 AM November 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said on Monday that the recorded sexually transmitted case of dengue in Spain was not a cause for concern for Filipinos as he maintained that the likelihood of spreading the mosquito-borne disease through sex was “very low.”

“I will not be worried that there can be an epidemic via that route. I would be worried for lack of protection primarily because we don’t want anymore HIV/AIDS cases as much as possible,” Duque told reporters. “The chance of its spreading via that route is very low. It’s incidental to the main issue of unprotected sex.”

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Earlier, Spanish health authorities said a 41-year-old man in Madrid contracted dengue although he had not traveled to a country where it is endemic.

He, however, had sex with his male partner who had symptoms of dengue following a trip to Cuba. —JOVIC YEE

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