Mosquito-Transmitted Zika Case Reported in Texas

It's likely the 1st such case in the US this year
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2017 7:30 PM CDT
Mosquito-Transmitted Zika Case Reported in Texas
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, responsible for transmitting Zika, sit in a petri dish at the Fiocruz Institute in Recife, Brazil.   (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

Officials announced Wednesday what they believe is the first case of locally contracted, mosquito-transmitted Zika in the continental US this year, the New York Times reports. The case was reported in Hidalgo County, Texas, and the state health department says it probably was contracted "sometime in the last few months." Officials believe the virus was transmitted by a mosquito in the state because the person hadn't recently traveled to any areas affected by Zika and hadn't had sex with a man who had the virus. The person is no longer a risk to transmit the disease to others.

The Zika infection was caught as part of thousands of tests Texas has performed since April, KTRK reports. According to Fox News, the state continues to test pregnant women and people displaying Zika symptoms. Texas residents are encouraged to protect themselves from possible Zika infection by takings steps to fight mosquitoes, such as wearing insect repellent and getting rid of standing water near their homes. There were 224 cases of locally transmitted Zika in the US last year. (More Zika virus stories.)

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