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.
May 27 - Tarrant County Public Health has identified a fourth imported case of Zika virus in the county. Local transmission has not been reported and surveillance continues.
May 6 - Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has confirmed a West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquito sample, the first of the 2016 season.
Mar 9 - Tarrant County Public Health has identified two new imported cases of Zika virus in the county, bringing the total number of positive cases to three. No local transmission reported, surveillance continues.
June is Men's Health Month and National Safety Month. It is also the start of summer and continues the mosquito-borne illness season. Tarrant County Public Health will provide heat-injury related information as the summer continues. We also advise residents to continue to eliminate standing water on their properties as a safety measure against mosquito-borne illness.