Texas reports Zika virus from local mosquito

Texas reports Zika virus from local mosquito

Afterward, the county health department contacts mosquito control within 24 hours of notification of a potential case to conduct a mosquito assessment and begin mosquito elimination around the person's residence. We've always known that Zika could be sexually transmitted, but the fears at the beginning of the current outbreak that Zika could sustain epidemics by sexual transmission alone, and therefore spread globally, now seem to be unjustified.

While Zika is normally a mild infection, it can damage the development of a baby's brain, leading to microcephaly.

The CDC urges everyone - especially pregnant women - to take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

Even though it's late in the season, mosquitoes can still spread Zika in some areas of the country, said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Zika cases in pregnant women, which D.O.H. now counts separately, had remained steady for two weeks before this week's increase.

As of Nov 23, 4,444 cases of Zika virus have been reported to the CDC in the continental United States and Hawaii; 182 of these were spread locally by mosquitos, 36 cases are linked to sexual transmission and one was the result of laboratory exposure.

The centre said it will spray chemicals to kill mosquitoes in the above-mentioned localities from now through the end of December this year. The program covers women under Medicaid, CHIP, CHIP-Perinate and the Healthy Texas Women And Children With Special Needs healthcare programs.

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Last month, Vietnam's health ministry reported a microcephaly case that is likely to be the country's first linked to the mosquito-borne virus. She has not travelled to Mexico or anywhere.

The World Health Organisation has said the Zika virus will no longer be treated as an worldwide medical emergency, a warning in place for the past nine months.

Women should try to avoid getting pregnant for at least two months after they leave an area deemed to have a "high or moderate" risk of Zika virus transmission.

Texas confirmed a locally transmitted infection from the Zika virus, becoming the second state in the USA to have mosquitoes that spread this infection.

The infected Texan lives in a county that borders Mexico, where the Zika virus is more common. Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez said, according to the New York Times, people have no reason to be alarmed.

State Health Department assures that no need to panic but people needs to be aware and vigilant. "I predicted last April that we would see cases along the Texas Gulf Coast this summer", Hotez said. He suggests talking to your health-care provider so that you have all the up-to-date shots and medicines you may need for the place you plan to visit.