4 more likely Texas-contracted Zika cases discovered

The Texas Department of State Health Services announced four more locally-transmitted cases of Zika in Cameron County.

The first case of locally-contracted Zika in Texas was reported in late November and was contracted by mosquito bite.

“The additional patients live in very close proximity to the first case,” the state agency wrote in a news release. “Though the investigation is ongoing, the infections were likely acquired in that immediate area. They reported getting sick with Zika-like symptoms between Nov. 29 and Dec. 1 and were likely infected several days earlier before mosquito control efforts intensified in that part of Brownsville.”

None of the people identified are pregnant, reported Click2Houston.

“Testing of people living in an eight-block area around the homes of the identified cases continues but has yet to show any additional evidence of Zika transmission in the rest of that larger area,” the news release said.
More than 250 cases of Zika have been confirmed in Texas, but nearly all of those cases have been associated with travel.

The virus is not considered fatal for most adults but has debilitating effects on fetuses.