Brazos County Health Department confirms second Zika virus case

A woman who traveled to Mexico is the second person to become ill from the Zika virus.

BRAZOS COUNTY, Texas -- A second Zika virus infection in Brazos County has been confirmed by the Brazos County Health Department on Thursday. 

The Health Department says test results showed it's the second travel-related case in the county. They say the infected person is a non-pregnant woman who was traveling to an area with on-going Zika transmission by mosquitoes.

In a statement release, officials said they have not found evidence of Zika-infected mosquitoes in this area.

The first travel-related case was confirmed in July.  In total, there are 141 Zika cases in Texas. 

As a reminder, many people infected with Zika virus won't have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. Common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes.

 Zika also can be spread during sex (by both males and females). Anyone concerned about getting Zika from sex can use condoms the right way every time they have vaginal, anal or oral sex or can practice abstinence.

Zika is only one of several diseases that can be spread by mosquitoes. Reducing the number of places where mosquitoes lay eggs—containers of standing water—can lower the risk of exposure.
 
The Health Department and CDC recommends people take these steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites:
  • Prevent Zika by avoiding mosquito bites
  • Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite mostly during the daytime
  • Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus also spread dengue and chikungunya viruses  
  • Zika virus can pass during vaginal, anal or oral sex without a condom
 
For additional information about Zika, visit http://www.cdc.gov/zika or www.brazoshealth.org.

 

(© 2016 KAGS)


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