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Montgomery County reports first West Nile Virus case for 2017

Montgomery County reports first West Nile Virus case for 2017

The Zika virus hit the United States past year in several southern states including Florida and Texas.

"Removing water will help reduce overall mosquito numbers and protect family members and neighbors from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases", said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. Sexually active people who travel to areas with Zika virus transmission should use condoms or other barriers to avoid getting or passing Zika virus during sex.

Cover exposed skin with long trousers and long-sleeved shirts whenever possible. People can contribute by simply eliminating all standing water from around their homes or businesses.

Keep pools clean and chlorinated and aerate ornamental ponds, and for areas where water can not be cleared or changed consider an approved mosquito larvicide.

"We appreciate our public health district being vigilant in alerting the public concerning West Nile cases".

You can get more information about mosquito prevention here. More severe symptoms - and even death - can occur.

According to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 1 in 10 pregnant women infected with Zika in the U.S. had a fetus or a baby with serious birth defects. Zika infection during pregnancy can cause brain damage and microcephaly in unborn babies and lead to other serious birth defects.




There is now no vaccine or medication for Zika Virus. The first case in our county previous year occurred in August.

DSHS recommends pregnant women avoid traveling to locations with sustained, local Zika transmission, including all areas of Mexico. Also, the virus was reported in the pregnant women across 44 states. Public Health continues to ask homeowners to do their part to help fight West Nile Virus.

The CDPH is asking state residents for help in reducing the mosquito populations.

DSHS is now working to train at least 500 community health workers along the border to educate the public and pregnant women about Zika and help them get the appropriate testing.

Experts with the San Diego Health And Human Services Agency (HHSA) said they are expecting an increase in Zika Virus cases locally. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is offering the repellent to more Medicaid clients to ensure additional Texans are protected from the virus. Zika symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes.

Health care providers can subscribe at the Health Care Professionals page of TexasZika.org to stay up to date with DSHS recommendations.


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