27 Jul 2017

New Case of Locally Acquired Mosquito Borne Zika Virus in Texas

Aedes Mosquito

Just as we thought we were safe from Zika, a new infection with Zika virus was found July 26, 2017 in Hidalgo County, Texas, which is just outside of Brownsville in Southern Texas on the Mexico border. There have been hundreds of imported infections nationwide in 2017 from a variety of countries mostly in the Caribbean, but this is the first locally acquired infection this year. The information provided below is from the Texas Department of Health website:

https://www.dshs.texas.gov/news/releases/2017/20170726.aspx

Obviously, and similar to last year, use mosquito spray with at least 20% DEET when you are outside in areas where mosquito bites (or tick bites) are likely to occur. Wear long pants and long sleeves.

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