Zika Virus – Feb. 12, 2016
Texas has 12 cases of Zika virus disease. 11 are travelers who were infected abroad and diagnosed after they returned home. One case involves a Dallas County resident who had sexual contact with someone who acquired the Zika infection while traveling abroad. Case counts by county:
Bexar County – 3
Dallas County – 2
Harris County – 7
Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause fever, rash, muscle and joint aches and red eyes (conjunctivitis). Symptoms are usually mild, and most people exposed to Zika virus won’t develop any symptoms at all. There have been reports of microcephaly and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies of mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant.
The Texas Department of State Health Services is encouraging people to follow travel precautions for regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
DSHS recommends travelers avoid mosquito bites while abroad and for seven days after returning, in case they have been exposed to Zika virus. People can protect themselves from mosquito bites by taking a few simple steps:
- Wear insect repellent.
- Cover up with long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Keep mosquitoes out with air conditioning or intact window screens.
- Limit outdoor activities during peak mosquito times.
- Drain standing water in and around homes.
Note: Zika case data for Texas will be updated weekdays by 11 a.m.
Texas Zika Virus
DSHS News Releases
CDC Zika Virus
Flu Surveillance – Feb. 1, 2016
Texas is in the midst of flu season, and DSHS is currently reporting “minimal” levels of flu-like illness in the state, and the geographic spread of influenza is “regional.” DSHS encourages people who have yet to be vaccinated against the flu season not to wait any longer to protect themselves and their family and get vaccinated today.
2015-2016 Flu News Release
Latest Available DSHS Weekly Flu Surveillance Report
Historical DSHS Flu Surveillance Reports