As of today, March 8, there have been two additional cases of Zika Virus reported in Tarrant County, making a total of three human cases in the county so far.
I am sure by now most of you have heard about the Zika Virus. This is a mosquito-borne illness that is carried by Aedes mosquitoes, which unfortunately, are common to the North Texas area.
It was hard not to notice all the flu shot advertising that popped up across our county in August and the media messaging that followed the next month. Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) even kicked off September with our annual Stop the Flu campaign press conference. Once again, our good Fort Worth friend, Mayor Betsy Price, rolled up her sleeve alongside us to help spread the word.
A productive, economically sound society relies on a safe, healthy population. Since its inception in the 1950s, Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has been a valuable local resource by providing services aimed at promoting, achieving and maintaining a healthy standard of living to all Tarrant County residents. With a client base and scope of services as diverse as the county's population, a dedicated staff of more than 380 public health professionals and annual funding resources totaling approximately $58 million, TCPH services truly touch everyone, every day, everywhere.
Fri Jul 22 16:03:16 EDT 2016 - Tarrant County Public Health has identified a twelfth imported case of Zika virus in the county. Local transmission has not been detected. Surveillance continues.
Fri Jul 22 15:50:00 EDT 2016 - Tarrant County Public Health has confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus in mosquito samples collected in two areas of unincorporated Northwest Tarrant County.
Wed Jul 20 17:36:00 EDT 2016 - Tarrant County Public Health has confirmed a West Nile Virus positive mosquito sample in unincorporated Southwest Tarrant County, from the area around Westridge and Ridge Roads.
Happy July! Health observances this month include International Group B Strep Awareness Month and World Hepatitis Day on July 28.
Transitioning from spring to summer has brought lots of rain and high temperatures. Tarrant County Public Health urges residents to keep their homes and properties free of standing water. Check out our Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Sites video on the Mosquito-borne Illness Season page to see where you can keep mosquitoes from breeding around your home.
Also learn more about heat-related injuries and how to avoid them when it's hot as heck.