2nd travel-related Zika case in Galveston County

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A second travel-related case of Zika virus has been confirmed in Galveston County. The patient was infected during a recent trip abroad and the case is related to another case confirmed in August, according to a statement from the Galveston County Health District.
 
This Zika case is the 95th confirmed in Texas and all current cases in the state are travel-related. The patient, a female between the ages of 60 and 70, developed symptoms shortly after returning from Dominica in late July. She is expected to recover from the infection.

Zika virus spreads to people primarily from infected mosquitoes, but can also be spread during sex by a person infected with Zika to his or her partners.

To avoid infecting local mosquitoes, people who travel to areas with active Zika transmission should apply insect repellent every time they go outside for at least three weeks after they return and longer if they develop an illness that could be Zika.

The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. 
 
Zika virus spreads to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti species mosquito, but can also be spread during sex by a person infected with Zika to sex partners. Although there is no reason to believe any local mosquitos are affected, GCHD continues to coordinate with Galveston County Mosquito Control on surveillance. 
To avoid infecting local mosquitoes, people who travel to areas with active Zika transmission should apply insect repellent every time they go outside for at least three weeks after they return - and longer if they develop an illness that could be Zika.
Many people infected with Zika won't have symptoms, but for those who do, the illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. 
Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. CDC recommends that pregnant women avoid traveling to areas with Zika. Individuals with symptoms should see a healthcare provider if they visited an area where Zika virus is present or had sexual contact with a person who traveled to an area where Zika virus is present. 
The best protection against mosquito-borne illnesses, including Zika virus, is prevention. Protect yourself, your family and the community from mosquitoes with the 3-Ds:
1. Defend: Wear EPA-approved insect repellent.
2. Dress: Dress in long sleeves and pants when outdoors.
3. Drain: Drain standing water around your home so mosquitos don't have a place to breed.
For more information about Zika virus and additional tips for protecting against the illness, go to www.gchd.org, www.cdc.gov/zika or www.texaszika.org. 
 

 

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