Second confirmed case of Zika virus in Travis County

Information taken from AustinTexas.gov.

Zika Surveillance update as of February 29, 2016

Two Travis County residents have tested positive for Zika virus. One of these persons had exposure to infected mosquitos while in the country of Colombia.

Five Travis County residents, with travel histories to countries where Zika virus transmission is occuring, have tested negative for Zika virus. Two of these persons were pregnant.

Zika virus is spread to people primarily through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with other public health officials to monitor Zika virus transmission and potential links between Zika virus infection during pregnancy and birth defects.  Spread of the virus through blood transfusion and sexual contact have also been reported.

 

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