Texas Woman Has The State’s First Locally Transmitted Case Of Zika Virus -blogged by @BenitaShae ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Cameron County, #Texas reported the state’s first locally transmitted #Zika virus case on Monday. The patient, a 43-year-old woman from Brownsville, had not traveled anywhere with ongoing Zika transmissions, #CNN reports. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Health officials said the local transmission of the virus in South Texas, near the #Mexico border, comes at no surprise. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "We knew it was only a matter of time before we saw a Zika case spread by a mosquito in Texas," state Health Commissioner Dr. John Hellerstedt said. He added that more cases are expected, but officials do not believe the virus will be widespread. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "Laboratory testing found genetic material from the Zika virus in the patient's urine, but a blood test was negative, indicating that the virus can no longer be spread from her by a mosquito," the Texas Department of State Health Services said in a statement. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The local health department is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health authorities to investigate the #CameronCounty case, including door-to-door screening and mosquito control efforts. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Texas patient, who is not pregnant, is the first person to locally acquire Zika in the United States outside of #Florida. As of Nov. 23, Florida has 238 locally acquired Zika cases on record and 170 cases of Zika virus in pregnant women, according to the Florida Health Department.
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