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Zika Virus – Dec. 6, 2016

On Nov. 28, DSHS and Cameron County Health and Human Services announced the first case of Zika virus disease likely transmitted by a mosquito in Texas. Local and state public health officials are responding with additional human and mosquito surveillance in the area around the patient’s home and are educating neighbors about reducing the risk of Zika and eliminating mosquito habitat on their property. Read more about the response in the related news release.

Through the week ending Dec. 2, Texas has reported 270 cases of illness due to Zika virus. Aside from the one Cameron County case that appears to be transmitted locally by a mosquito, all other cases were associated with travel to an area where Zika was being spread. The count includes 21 pregnant women, two infants infected before birth, and two people who had sexual contact with travelers.

Texas Zika Cases by County:

County Cases
Angelina
Bastrop 1
Bell
Bexar 18
Brazoria
Brazos 4
Burnet 1
Cameron 6
Collin
Dallas 46
Denton 9
El Paso 3
Ellis 1
Fort Bend 9
Frio 1
Galveston 8
Gray 1
Grayson 1
Gregg 1
Hamilton 1
Harris 70
Hidalgo 4
Hockley 1
Jackson
Jefferson
Jones
Lee 
Lubbock 1
Matagorda 1
Medina 1
Midland
Montgomery
Navarro
Palo Pinto 1
Parker
Randall 1
Rusk
Smith
Tarrant 26
Travis 14
Upshur 1
Val Verde 1
Walker 1
Williamson 6
Webb 5
Wise 1
Total 270
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

 


West Nile in Texas – Nov. 29, 2016

Even with cooling temperatures, West Nile illness continues to spread in Texas causing at least 297 cases of illness and 14 deaths in 2016. People should 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 4 6
Bastrop 1 2 3
Bell 0 2
Bexar 0 2 2
Bosque 0 2
Bowie 0 2
Brazoria 0 2 2
Brazos 0 1
Brown 1
Callahan 0 1
Cass 1
Cherokee
Collin 10 11 21
Dallas 20 35 55
Dawson 0 1
Denton 10 10 20
Dimmit 0 1 1
Eastland 0 1 1
El Paso 2 3 5
Ellis 0 3
Falls 0 1 1
Fort Bend 0
Freestone 1 1 2
Gaines
Galveston 5 6
Grayson 5 5
Gregg 4 4
Hamilton 0
Harris 2 11 13
Henderson 0 2
Hockley 1 1 2
Hood
Hopkins 2 4
Hunt 2 4 6
Irion 1 1
Jefferson 5 0 5
Johnson 0 4
Knox 0 1
Lamar 0 2 2
Liberty 2 2
Limestone 0 1 1
Lubbock 1
McLennan 3 4 7
Montgomery 5 7
Navarro 1 4 5
Newton 0 1
Nueces 0 4 4
Orange 1
Palo Pinto 0 2 2
Parker 0 2 2
Pecos 0 1
Polk 0 2 2
Presidio 0 1
Randall 1 0
Red River 0 1 1
Rockwall 0 1 1
Runnels 0 1 1
Rusk
Smith 0 4 4
Tarrant 15 28 43
Titus 1 0
Travis
Trinity 0
Van Zandt 1
Waller 0 2 2
Wharton
Williamson 0
Wilson 0
Wood 2 1 3
Totals 98 199 297

First 2016 case news release

Last updated December 6, 2016