FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Senior Public Information Officer
Tarrant County Public Health
Local transmission not reported at this time
November 3, 2016 (Tarrant County, TX) – Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has identified a 25th imported case of Zika virus in the county. Local transmission has not been detected and surveillance continues.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) received, tested and confirmed the sample.
This case traveled to Puerto Rico. To date, there have been 25
reported travel associated cases. Twenty-four cases traveled outside
the continental U.S. to Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador,
Grenada (2), Honduras (3), Jamaica (2), Mexico (2), Nicaragua, Puerto
Rico (6), St. Lucia (2), St. Martin and two unknown. One case traveled
domestically to Florida. No other health information will be released
at this time to protect the identity of the patients.
Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, a known aggressive daytime biter. Sexual transmission has been reported in a small number of cases. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is typically mild with symptoms lasting no more than seven days.
TCPH continues to distribute Zika Home Care Kits to Tarrant County residents being evaluated for Zika. The kits include mosquito repellent, mosquito dunks, educational materials and other items. The kits are not being offered to the general public.
Reducing mosquito breeding sites is one of the best ways residents
can protect themselves and their neighbors. They should:
• Routinely dump standing water on their property,
• Overturn all small containers,
• Dispose of any trash or debris that can contains small amounts of water.
TCPH’s Zika Hotline (817-248-6299) is available to help answer any questions residents may have about this disease. For more information on Zika virus and for other useful tips, click here.
County Telephone Operator 817-884-1111
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