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What You Need to Know about Zika

1.) Zika primarily spreads through infected mosquitoes. You can also get Zika through sex.

Although there is no evidence local mosquito have Zika at this time, the type of mosquitoes that can spread Zika virus is present in Galveston County. These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters and can also bite at night. Also, Zika can be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners.

2.) The best way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito bites.

  • Use EPA-registered insect repellent. It works!

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

  • Stay in places with air conditioning or window and door screens.

  • Remove standing water around your home.

3.) Zika is linked to birth defects.

Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly that is a sign of incomplete brain development. Doctors have also found other problems in pregnancies and among fetuses and infants infected with Zika virus before birth. If you are pregnant and have a partner who lives in or has traveled to an area with Zika, do not have sex, or use condoms the right way, every time, during your pregnancy.

4.) Pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika.

If you must travel to one of these areas, talk to your healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip.

5.) Returning travelers infected with Zika can spread the virus through mosquito bites.

During the first week of infection, Zika virus can be found in a person’s blood and can pass from an infected person to a mosquito through mosquito bites. An infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people.

To avoid infecting local mosquitoes, people who’ve traveled to areas with active Zika transmission should apply insect repellent every time they go outside for at least three weeks after they return – and longer if they develop an illness that could be Zika.

Couples with a partner who lives in or has traveled to an area with Zika should take steps to protect during sex.

Nine cases of travel-related Zika virus has been confirmed in Galveston County.

Age Range Gender  Region of Travel Status
 60-69 Male Dominica  Recovered
 60-69 Female Dominica Recovered
 20-29 Female Dominican Republic Recovered
 30-39 Female Virgin Islands Recovered
 50-59 Female Mexico Recovered
 40-49 Male Venezuela Recovered
 40-49 Female Trinidad and Tobago Recovered
 20-29 Male Guatemala Recovered
 40-50 Female Honduras Recovered


Please visit this page for the latest Galveston County morbidity report.


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