7 confirmed cases of Zika virus in Houston area

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Seven people in the Houston area who traveled to Latin America recently have been diagnosed with the Zika virus, according to reports from the City of Houston Health Department and Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services. 
 
The City of Houston say the following people have been diagnosed with the virus:
  • Female, 60-65 years old, travel history: Colombia, travel month: 11/15, confirmation date: 12/22/15, confirmed positive by CDC
  • Male, 35-39,  travel history: Honduras travel, travel month: 12/15, confirmation date: 1/28/16, confirmed positive by CDC
  • Female, 40-45, travel history: Honduras, travel month: 12/15, confirmation date:  1/29/15, confirmed positive by CDC
The HCPHES has confirmed four confirmed human cases of the Zika virus in Harris County, excluding the city of Houston. These people developed symptoms often associated with the Zika virus such as fever, rash and joint pain. They have all since recovered.

The Zika virus is extremely dangerous for pregnant women and originates from mosquito bites. Experts say usually the virus is pretty mild. For women who are pregnant, the virus can cause brain damage in babies.  

“Here at home we'll eventually see infected mosquitos and so it will be very important to check your home to make sure there is no mosquito breeding ground just pots and buckets anything that would hold a small amount of water,” said City of Houston Health Department director Kathy Barton.

 

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