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Latest Zika News Releases:

12/22/16 -  Additional Locally-Acquired Zika Case in Cameron County
12/14/16 - Public Health Officials Outline Zika Testing Guidance
12/09/16 - Texas Announces Additional Local Zika Cases in Cameron County 
11/28/16 - Texas Announces Local Zika Virus Case in Rio Grande Valley 

Zika Virus – Jan 17, 2017

DSHS and Cameron County Health and Human Services have announced six cases of Zika virus disease likely transmitted by mosquitoes in Texas. Additional information on those cases and the response is available via the news release links above.

Through the week ending Jan. 6, Texas has reported 299 cases of illness due to Zika virus. The count includes 26 pregnant women, three infants infected before birth, and two people who had sexual contact with travelers.

Texas Zika Cases by County:

County
(A – H)
Cases
Angelina
Bastrop 1
Bell 7
Bexar 20
Brazoria
Brazos 4
Burnet 1
Cameron 16
Collin 6
Dallas 46
Denton 9
El Paso 3
Ellis 1
Fort Bend 10
Frio 1
Galveston 9
Gray 1
Grayson 1
Gregg 1
Hamilton 1
Harris 73
Hays
Hidalgo 6
Hockley 1
County
(J – W)
Cases
Jackson
Jefferson
Jones
Lee 
Lubbock 1
Matagorda 1
Medina 1
Midland
Montgomery
Navarro 1
Palo Pinto 1
Parker
Randall 1
Rusk
Smith
Starr
Tarrant 26
Travis 18
Upshur 1
Val Verde 1
Walker 1
Willacy 1
Williamson 5
Webb 6
Wise 1
Note: Zika case data for Texas will be updated each Tuesday 

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause fever, rash, muscle and joint aches and red eyes (conjunctivitis). Symptoms are usually mild, and most people exposed to Zika virus won’t develop any symptoms at all. Zika has also been linked to a birth defect called microcephaly and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies of mothers who were infected with the virus while pregnant.

The Texas Department of State Health Services continues to prepare for the possible transmission of Zika virus in Texas by emphasizing how people can protect themselves, increasing the state’s capacity to test for the virus, and working with local governments to assess mosquito control capabilities and activities.

Because the virus spreads from place to place through human travel, DSHS encourages people to follow travel precautions for countries and regions where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. That generally includes Latin America, the Caribbean and some Pacific islands. DSHS recommends travelers avoid mosquito bites while abroad and for 21 days after returning, in case they have been exposed to the virus.

People everywhere can protect themselves from mosquito bites and the threat of Zika by taking a few simple steps:

  • Apply EPA-registered insect repellents.  
  • Wear pants and long-sleeved shirts that cover exposed skin.  
  • Use screens or close windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.  
  • Remove standing water in and around your home.  
  • Cover trash cans or containers where water can collect.  

Additional information at TexasZika.org

Texas Zika Campaign Materials

DSHS News Releases

Zika Virus at CDC

 


Mumps – Jan. 11, 2017

DSHS is investigating two outbreaks of mumps in North Texas.

State health officials are working with event organizers to notify people who attended one of four cheerleading competitions in North Texas in November and December that they may have been exposed to a person with mumps. So far, DSHS has identified 11 mumps cases associated with the outbreak.

The four competitions are:

  • Nov. 6 – NCA North Texas Classic and North Texas Division II Classic, College Park Center, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Nov. 19 – Dallas Platinum Championship, Dr. Pepper Arena, Frisco
  • Dec. 3 – NCA Holiday Classic, Dr. Pepper Arena, Frisco    
  • Dec. 10 – SC Christmas Classic, Dallas Convention Center

People who attended those events and later develop mumps symptoms should contact their health care provider and tell them about the exposure to mumps.

DSHS is also investigating a mumps outbreak in Johnson County. Health officials have identified 110 cases in the outbreak, including 108 Johnson County residents and one each in Hood and Tarrant county. Most of the people involved are students, and DSHS has been working with school districts in the area to limit the spread of the disease.                                                           

Mumps symptoms include swollen or tender salivary glands, swollen or tender testicles, low fever, tiredness and muscle aches. People usually develop symptoms 14-18 days after being exposed to the virus that causes mumps, but it can be as long as 25 days. Anyone suspected of having mumps should stay home while they’re contagious – five days after swollen glands occur.

Mumps is spread through coughing and sneezing and sharing cups and utensils. While vaccination is the best protection against mumps, even people who are vaccinated can become infected. People should also prevent spreading mumps and other illnesses by covering coughs and sneezes, washing their hands frequently with soap and water, and not sharing food and drinks.

Letter for parents (109 kb, PDF)

DSHS information on mumps 

CDC information on mumps



West Nile in Texas – Jan. 3, 2017

DSHS has concluded its weekly updates on West Nile for the 2016 mosquito season. 

DSHS has reported 347 cases of West Nile illness, including 16 deaths in 2016. People should continue to reduce their risk of exposure to the mosquito-borne virus that causes it by eliminating standing water and other mosquito breeding areas and avoiding mosquito bites. 

As many as 80 percent of people who contract the virus will have no symptoms at all. Almost all others will have West Nile fever with symptoms like headache, fever, muscle and joint aches, nausea and fatigue. A very small minority will develop West Nile neuroinvasive disease, a life threatening illness that can cause neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis.

In 2015, there were 275 human cases of West Nile illness in Texas, including 16 deaths.


Human West Nile Cases By County for 2016

 
County West Nile Fever West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease Total Cases
Anderson 0 1
Angelina 2 5 7
Bastrop 2 3 5
Bell 0 2
Bexar 0 2 2
Bosque 0 2
Bowie 0 2
Brazoria 0 3 3
Brazos 2 0
Brown 1
Callahan 0 1
Cass 2 2
Cherokee
Collin 10 12 22
Colorado 0 1
Dallas 21 37 58
Dawson 0 1
Denton 10 10 20
Dimmit 0 1 1
Eastland 0 1 1
Ector 0 1
El Paso 2 3 5
Ellis 0 3
Falls 0 1 1
Fort Bend 0 2 2
Fanklin 0 1
Freestone 1 1 2
Gaines
Galveston 5 6
Grayson 5 6
Gregg 4 4
Grimes 0 1
Hale 1 0 1
Hamilton 0
Hansford 0 1
Harris 4 13 17
Henderson 0 4 4
Hockley 1 1 2
Hood 2 2
Hopkins 2 4
Hunt 2 4 6
Irion 1 1
Jefferson 6 0 6
Johnson 0 5 5
Knox 0 1
Lamar 0 2 2
Liberty 2 2
Limestone 0 1 1
Lubbock 1
Matagorda 0 1
McLennan 3 4 7
Montgomery 8 10
Nacogdoches 0 2 2
Navarro 1 4 5
Newton 0 1
Nueces 0 5 5
Orange 1
Palo Pinto 0 2 2
Parker 0 2 2
Pecos 0 1
Polk 0 2 2
Presidio 0 1
Rains 0 1
Randall 1 0
Red River 0 1 1
Rockwall 0 1 1
Runnels 0 1 1
Rusk
Smith 4 5
Tarrant 15 29 44
Titus 1 0
Travis
Trinity 0
Upshur 0 1 1
Van Zandt 2 3 5
Waller 0 2 2
Wharton
Williamson 0 2 2
Wilson 0
Wise 0 1 1
Wood 3 1 4
Totals 112 235 347

First 2016 case news release

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