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    Zika virus update in Texas: 7-13-16 From the Department of State Health Services, Austin, Texas


    Texas has made significant progress in its efforts to delay and minimize the impact of Zika on the state. Texas has logged 59 cases of Zika virus disease, including three confirmed cases of Zika in pregnany women. All are related to travel aboard to areas iwth active Zika transmission. There have been no reported cases of Zika virus transmitted by mosquitoes in Texas.

    While local transmission in Texas remains likely, public health officials do not expect widespread transmission across large geographic areas of the state. Small pockets of cases in limited clusters are more likely. This assessment is based on the state's past expierence with dengue, similar virus spead by some mosquitos, and on the prevalent use of window screens, air conditioning, insect repellant and other mosquito control efforts in Texas.

    "Our central goal is protecting unborn babies from Zika," said Dr. Hellerstedt. "We are on alert for local transmission and will act fast to identify actual risk and continure to do everything we can to protect Texans."

    State health officials urge everyone to follow precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites: 

    • Apply EPA-approved insect repellant.
    • Wear pants and long-sleeve shirts that cover exposed skin. In warmer weaather, wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers exposed skin.
    • Use screens or close windows and doors to keep mosquitos out of your home.
    • Remove standing water in and arouund the home. This includes water in cans, toys, tires, plant saucers, and any container that can hold water.
    • Cover trash cans or containers where water can collect.

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