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    Kelly Hanes

    Senior Public Information Officer

    Tarrant County Public Health

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    Be Mosquito Free

    Zika Case Confirmed in Tarrant County Resident Who Visited Miami

    Local transmission in Tarrant County not reported at this time

    September 21, 2016 (Tarrant County, TX) – Tarrant County Public Health has identified a new Zika case involving a Tarrant County resident who traveled to Miami, Florida. This is the first such case reported in Tarrant County, and the second in the state that involved travel to an affected area of Florida.

    The Texas Department of State Health Services received, tested and confirmed the sample.

    Local transmission has not been detected in Tarrant County and surveillance continues.

    To date, there have been 22 reported travel associated cases. Twenty-one cases traveled outside the continental U.S. 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. 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.

    TCPH has produced two videos to help residents Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Sites and safely use Barrier Treatments to Prevent Mosquitoes.


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    News release date: September 21, 2016