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Zika Virus – Feb. 5, 2016

Texas has 10 cases of Zika virus disease. Nine are travelers who were infected abroad and diagnosed after they returned home. One case involves a Dallas County resident who had sexual contact with someone who acquired the Zika infection while traveling abroad. Case counts by county:

Harris County – 7

Bexar County – 1

Dallas County – 2

Zika is primarily a mosquito-borne virus that can cause fever, rash, muscle and joint aches and pinkeye. Symptoms are usually mild, and most people exposed to Zika virus won’t develop any symptoms at all. There have been reports of microcephaly and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies of mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant.

The Texas Department of State Health Services is encouraging people to follow travel precautions for regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

DSHS recommends travelers avoid mosquito bites while abroad and for seven days after returning, in case they have been exposed to Zika virus. People can protect themselves from mosquito bites by:

  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants
  • Using EPA-registered insect repellents
  • Using permethrin-treated clothing and gear 
  • Staying and sleeping in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms
  • Avoiding or limiting outdoor activities during peak mosquito times

Note: Zika case data for Texas will be updated weekdays by 11 a.m.

Texas Zika Virus

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CDC Zika Virus

 


Flu Surveillance – Feb. 1, 2016

Texas is in the midst of flu season, and DSHS is currently reporting “minimal” levels of flu-like illness in the state, and the geographic spread of influenza is “regional.” DSHS encourages people who have yet to be vaccinated against the flu season not to wait any longer to protect themselves and their family and get vaccinated today.

2015-2016 Flu News Release

Latest Available DSHS Weekly Flu Surveillance Report

Historical DSHS Flu Surveillance Reports

TexasFlu.org

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Last updated February 06, 2016