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What is Zika?

Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of an infected aedes species mosquito. While it can cause fever, rash, joint pain and red or pink eyes, about 80% of people infected with Zika do not become ill or have symptoms. Zika can also be spread through blood transfusions and sexual contact.

Should I worry?

Although there is currently no evidence local mosquitoes are infected with Zika, Texas has a long mosquito season and many people travel to places where Zika is active. This means the possibility exists for travelers to come into contact with Zika and potentially spread it to their loved ones here.

Zika virus can be spread from mother to child if the mother is infected with Zika during pregnancy. Zika virus has been linked to birth defects such as microcephaly, a condition where a baby’s head is much smaller than expected and can cause developmental delays.

How do I protect myself, my family and my community?

  1. Defend
    1. Apply EPA-approved insect repellent.
    2. Use screens or close windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
  2. Dress
    1.  Wear pants and long-sleeve shirts (especially at dawn and dusk).
  3. Drain
    1.  Remove standing water around your home.
    2. Cover trash cans or containers where water can collect.

What do I do if I'm pregnant?

  • Talk to your doctor about protecting your pregnancy.
  • Avoid travel to regions where the Zika virus is active.
  • Apply an EPA-approved insect repellent.
  • Wear pants and long-sleeve shirts (especially at dawn and dusk).
  • Use screens or close windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
  • Remove standing water around your home.
  • Cover trash cans or containers where water can collect.
  • Consider abstaining from sex or use condoms correctly.

What do I do if I'm traveling to a Zika zone?

  • Use EPA-approved insect repellent during your entire trip.
  • Wear pants and long-sleeve shirts.
  • Use screens or close windows and doors at hotel rooms or places you’re staying.
  • Take precautions against sexual transmission. Consider abstaining from sex or use condoms correctly.
  • Use EPA-approved insect repellent for 21 days after you return to the United States.
  • Take precautions against sexual transmission for at least eight weeks. Consider abstaining from sex or use condoms correctly.

Please see our frequently asked questions section for answers to more questions.


For Healthcare Providers

Zika virus disease is a nationally notifiable condition. Healthcare providers should report suspected Zika virus disease cases to the Galveston County Health District to facilitate diagnosis and mitigate risk of local transmission. 


Zika Care Connect

The Zika Care Connect website contains information to help pregnant women and families find the appropriate healthcare professional and resources that can address their specific needs.


Confirmed Cases of Zika in Galveston County

 

2017

 Case #  Age Range Gender Region of Travel Status
 0        
 

2016

Case #  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
7  40-49 Female Trinidad and Tobago Recovered
8  20-29 Male Guatemala Recovered
9  40-50 Female Honduras Recovered

 

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

   

More Information

www.cdc.gov/zika

Potential Range of Aedes Mosquitoes in US (CDC)

www.texaszika.org