Six cases of Zika virus confirmed in Texas

Saturday, January 30, 2016
By Paul Martin
January 29, 2016

Texas has six cases of Zika virus disease, the state’s Health Department has confirmed.

All of the infections were diagnosed after people returned home from international travel. No local transmissions of the disease have been reported.

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause fever, rash, muscle and joint aches and pinkeye. Most people who are exposed to the virus won’t develop symptoms.

Symptoms are usually mild, but there have been reports of microcephaly and other problems for babies of mothers who were infected with the virus while they were pregnant.

Following is an earlier report from the Houston Chronicle:

Health officials have braced for the spread of the Zika virus in Houston with calm vigilance as the World Health Organization considered declaring an international emergency over the virus.

“We will see [locally-acquired] cases, I can guarantee we will,” said Dr. Catherine Troisi, an infectious disease epidemiologist at UTHealth School of Public Health in Houston. “We have global travel, and somebody is going to come back incubating Zika and a mosquito will bite them.”

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