Texas sees 2nd locally acquired case of Zika this year

The Cameron County (Texas) Department of Health and Human Services confirmed a case of probable mosquito-borne Zika virus in a county resident Thursday, marking the second locally acquired Zika case in the state for 2017.

County health officials are investigating the case and providing educational materials  on mosquito control to homes of the infected person's area of residence as a precautionary measure.

"Based on the information that we have, the source of the transmission appears to be mosquito-borne that took place several months ago," said James Castillo, MD, the health authority for Cameron County. "Clinical test results show that this person may have had the virus [two to three] months ago, and it is no longer active in her system. In addition, there is no evidence of any other mosquito transmitted cases related to this one."

In July, Texas health officials reported the first locally acquired case of Zika in the state for 2017, which occurred in a Hidalgo County resident. 

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