Zika Shrivels Testes, Drops Testosterone, and May Cause Infertility
It's not surprising that since the Zika virus has been found in semen for over six months, the virus continues to replicate in the male reproductive tract. And in mice, it appears to wreck havoc - destroying not only stem cells and sperm - but the cells that provide support and structure to the testes. In just three weeks, the horrifying results were: a 90 percent reduction in testicle size, low testosterone levels, low fertility, and eventual sterility. Should these results be found in human studies, the message is clear: men, women, and children need to do everything possible to protect themselves from the Zika virus.