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Zika Virus - May 6, 2016
Texas has had 32 confirmed cases of Zika virus disease. Of those, 31 were in travelers who were infected abroad and diagnosed after they returned home; one of those travelers was a pregnant woman. One case involved a Dallas County resident who had sexual contact with someone who acquired the Zika infection while traveling abroad.
Case counts by county:
Bexar — 3
Dallas — 6
Denton — 1
Fort Bend — 2
Grayson — 1
Harris — 12
Tarrant — 3
Travis — 2
Val Verde — 1
Wise — 1
Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause fever, rash, muscle and joint aches and red eyes (conjunctivitis). 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 taking a few simple steps:
Note: Zika case data for Texas will be updated weekdays by 11 a.m.
Flu season runs through May, so people should continue to stop the spread of respiratory illnesses by washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home if sick. Texas is currently reporting “minimal” levels of flu-like illness in the state, and the geographic spread of influenza is “local.”
Last Updated April 29, 2016