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Four More Local Zika Cases Confirmed In Texas

Four more cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in Texas, in the same Brownsville neighborhood where the first cases were pinpointed last month.

Texas is the second state after Florida to record local transmission of the Zika virus from mosquito to human.

Four more cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus have been confirmed in Texas, in the same Brownsville neighborhood where the first cases were pinpointed last month. Containment efforts are still underway.

The Cameron County Health Department reports that since the first local case of Zika was pinpointed at the end of November, four more cases of the virus transmitted from mosquito to human have been verified by an Austin state health lab.

On Nov. 29, 2016, teams of workers from the Cameron County Health Department went door to door in a neighborhood where a locally-inquired Zika case was identified.

Last week, teams of county health workers went door to door in the southwest Brownsville neighborhood where the health threat made its first local appearance in Texas.

 The first set of tests from urine samples taken from that area yielded these latest positive results, which may not be the last. Cameron County Health Administrator Esmeralda Guajardo says the City of Brownsville is stepping up mosquito control.

“They already had enhanced their vector control activities,”Guajardo explained.”But they are, of course, going to kick it up a little higher and they’re going to be a little bit more proactive in making sure that people understand and get rid of the places where mosquitoes breed.” 

People who live in the southwest Brownsville neighborhood where five local cases of Zika have been detected are taking mosquito control into their own hands in some cases.

 

No mosquitoes that were trapped have tested positive for Zika, but officials admit, finding infected insects is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Ironically, the news of four more Texas cases comes on the same day Florida declared all areas of that state free of active Zika transmission.

 

 

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