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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

First Bexar County Zika Virus Case Confirmed

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 8:02 AM

At least one person in Bexar County contracted zika virus. - FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS
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  • At least one person in Bexar County contracted zika virus.
Officials from the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District confirmed Bexar County's first case of zika virus on Monday, February 1. And the agency said there could be more to come.

Metro Health officials said last week that they'd tested six people in Bexar County for zika virus, a mosquito-borne illness that's running rampant in Central and South America. The virus can cause joint pain, fever and rashes, but it's most dire consequences can be for unborn children. Some children born to pregnant women with zika virus have reportedly experienced birth defects. The World Health Organization declared on Monday that the spread of zika virus was a global public health emergency, putting it on par with the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The individual in San Antonio who contracted zika virus did not get it from a mosquito in Bexar County, and no mosquitoes in Texas have been found to carry the virus. They had recently traveled to an afflicted area and brought it back with them. Metro Health said in a news release that the person is now virus-free. Results are still pending for other San Antonians tested for the virus. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection has guidelines to follow for anyone planning a trip to zika virus-afflicted areas here.

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