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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 – Feb. 14, 2017

Texas has identified the first instance of a laboratory-confirmed Zika infection in a pregnant Texas resident who did not travel outside the state. The woman, a resident of Bexar County, traveled to Brownsville in November, around the time six Brownsville residents acquired cases of Zika virus disease from mosquitoes there. She did not get sick and was tested for Zika during regular prenatal care. Because the infection was not transmitted in Bexar County, it does not represent an increased risk of Zika there.
The infection could have been transmitted by mosquitoes or through sexual contact with a partner who was infected. DSHS urges everyone, especially pregnant women, to continue to protect themselves from mosquito bites when visiting Brownsville and other parts of the state where mosquito activity continues throughout the winter months. Pregnant women should also protect themselves against sexual transmission from partners who travel to those areas by avoiding sexual contact or using condoms for the duration of the pregnancy.

Zika Data

DSHS provides updates every Tuesday on the number of Zika virus disease cases in Texas by the patient’s county of residence. As of the week ending Feb. 10, four Zika cases have been reported for 2017 with 308 cases reported for 2015 and 2016. Full data for previous years is available at TexasZika.org.

Bexar - 1
Brazoria - 1
Cameron - 1
Lubbock - 1

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 – Feb. 17, 2017

DSHS continues to investigate mumps cases related to an outbreak centered in Johnson County. Health officials have identified 167 cases in the outbreak. Most of the people involved are students, and DSHS has been working closely with school districts in the area to limit the spread of the disease.

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.

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. People who think they have mumps should contact their health care provider, and anyone suspected of having mumps should stay home while they’re contagious – five days after swollen glands occur.

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
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
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
Smith 4 5
Tarrant 15 29 44
Titus 1 0
Trinity 0
Upshur 0 1 1
Van Zandt 2 3 5
Waller 0 2 2
Williamson 0 2 2
Wilson 0
Wise 0 1 1
Wood 3 1 4
Totals 112 235 347

First 2016 case news release

Last updated February 17, 2017