Texas announces first locally contracted Zika case

The Texas Department of State Health Services and Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services today announced the first case of Zika virus disease likely transmitted by a mosquito in Texas.

The patient lives in Cameron County, in the Rio Grande Valley. The patient is not pregnant and reported no recent travel to Mexico or anywhere else with ongoing Zika virus transmission.

There are no other cases of suspected local transmission at this time, but health officials continue to conduct disease surveillance activities as part of the state's ongoing Zika response.

“We knew it was only a matter of time before we saw a Zika case spread by a mosquito in Texas,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS commissioner. “We still don’t believe the virus will become widespread in Texas, but there could be more cases, so people need to protect themselves from mosquito bites, especially in parts of the state that stay relatively warm in the fall and winter.”

Cameron County, DSHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working together to investigate and respond to the case. 


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