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    Kelly Hanes

    Senior Public Information Officer

    Tarrant County Public Health

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    Four New Imported Zika Cases Confirmed in Tarrant County

    Local transmission not reported at this time

    September 7, 2016 (Tarrant County, TX) – Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has identified four new imported cases of Zika virus in the county, bringing the total number to 21. Local transmission has not been detected and surveillance continues.

    TCPH’s North Texas Regional Laboratory received, tested and confirmed the samples.

    Two of the cases traveled to Mexico, the third to Jamaica and the fourth to Puerto Rico. Both are countries with known local transmission of Zika. To date, reported cases traveled to Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Honduras (3), Jamaica (2), Mexico (2), Nicaragua, Puerto Rico (4), St. Lucia (2), St. Martin and two unknown. 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 contain 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.

    TCPH has produced a video to help residents Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Sites.


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    News release date: September 07, 2016