More Likely Homegrown Zika Cases Found in Texas

Judith QuinnDec 10, 2016

With the threat of the Zika virus, the family chose to move up plans to install a central air-conditioning system to avoid having open windows and doors.

The four new cases were found during a follow-up, and the four patients live in close proximity to the patient in the first case, health officials said. The traps are collected the next day and samples gathered are sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Austin office for identification.

The Aedes albopictus mosquito, native to NYC, was recently confirmed to have Zika-carrying capabilities in our hemisphere.

The virus is transmitted primarily through mosquito bites, though sexual transmission can happen. With her are from left, Raymundo Hernandez, 50, Esmeralda Hernandez, 45 and their son, Franco, 14. "If a woman is pregnant or is considering becoming pregnant, she should be evaluated for possible Zika virus exposure during each prenatal care visit".

See alsoHow many people have Zika in NY? Though the investigation is ongoing, the infections were likely acquired in that immediate area.

Four more cases of Zika virus have been locally transmitted in Cameron County, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Pregnant women who must travel to one of these areas must talk to their doctor or other healthcare professional first and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.

Since then, country health workers have been going door-to-door in the woman's neighborhood, helping people remove mosquito-breeding habitat from their yards and taking urine samples from residents to determine if anyone else has been infected.

"Testing of people living in an eight-block area around the homes of the identified cases continues but has yet to show any additional evidence of Zika transmission in the rest of that larger area". Its most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes, although many infected individuals have no symptoms at all.

Exposure to the Zika virus during pregnancy causes birth defects of the central nervous system, including microcephaly- abnormal smallness of the head, a congenital condition associated with incomplete brain development.

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