Friday, January 29, 2016

6 Bexar County Residents Being Tested for Zika Virus

Posted By on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 3:21 PM

click to enlarge Mosquitoes in Central and South America are transmitting the Zika virus. - FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS
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  • Mosquitoes in Central and South America are transmitting the Zika virus.
The Metropolitan Health District tested six people in Bexar County for Zika virus, the mosquito-borne illness that's plagued Central and South America, and can cause birth defects in newborn babies.

KENS first reported the tests. It's unknown if the people tested have the virus, and their results from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could be available by next week. Over 30 people in the U.S. have been infected with the virus, including three in the Houston area. There is currently no cure for Zika virus.

Only one in five people who contract the disease express any symptoms, which include joint paint, fever and a rash. The more serious ramifications are for infants: Birth defects have been reported in children born to women exposed to the virus.

Thus far, no mosquitoes in Texas have been found carrying the virus. The CDC recommends that women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant postpone travel to any area in which the virus is being transmitted.

Visit the CDC website for more information about the virus.

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