The Texas Department of State Health Services announced Wednesday that there are 10 confirmed cases of Zika virus disease in the state. Seven cases have been confirmed in Houston, one in Bexar County and two in Dallas County, including one case in Dallas that had sexual contact with someone who acquired Zika while traveling abroad.
The nine other cases are Texans who traveled abroad and were diagnosed after returning stateside, according to the DSHS.
Zika is primarily a mosquito-borne virus that can cause fever, rash, muscle and joint aches and conjunctivitis, also known as pinkeye.
Public health officials said that symptoms of Zika are usually mild and most people exposed to the virus will be asymptomatic. According to the report, there have been reports of microcephaly and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies of mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant.
DSHS recommends that travelers avoid mosquito bites while abroad and for seven days after returning, in case they have been exposed to Zika virus. Ways to protect against mosquito bites are wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants; using EPA-registered insect repellents; using permethrin-treated clothing and gear; staying and sleeping in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms; and avoiding or limiting outdoor activities during peak mosquito times.
Reports from the Texas Department of State Health Services are updated daily.