Zika Media Release

Thursday, September 01, 2016

See this important release from our County & City Health District:

August 31, 2016

 

Media Release

 

Angelina County & Cities Health District announces the first Zika Virus case in Angelina County.    This case was lab confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on 8/22/16. 

The individual was infected with the Zika Virus through sexual contact with a partner who had travelled to a Zika infected area outside the United States.

The individual presented to a healthcare facility in Angelina County with Zika Virus symptoms and associated contact with someone what had traveled to a Zika infected area. The appropriate lab test was sent to DSHS and then forwarded to the CDC.

The individual received education regarding Zika Virus transmission, given a Zika Kit that contained DEET insect repellent, condoms, and information sheets.

 

Community Reminders:  

State health officials urge everyone to follow precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites:

Apply EPA-approved insect repellent.
Wear pants and long-sleeve shirts that cover exposed skin. In warmer weather, wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers exposed skin.
Use screens or close windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
Remove standing water in and around the home. This includes water in cans, toys, tires, plant saucers, and any container that can hold water.
Cover trash cans or containers where water can collect.

To avoid infecting local mosquitoes, people who travel to areas with active Zika transmission should apply insect repellent every time they go outside for at least three weeks after they return to Texas – and longer if they develop an illness that could be Zika.

Many people infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika are

Fever    - Rash      - Joint pain           - Conjunctivitis (red eyes)

Other symptoms include:

Muscle pain          - Headache

 

Zika is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. Symptoms of Zika are similar to other viruses spread through mosquito bites, like dengue and chikungunya.

CDC recommends special precautions for Pregnant Women/or could become Pregnant

Do not travel to an area with Zika

Do not travel to areas with Zika.
If you must travel, talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider first and take steps to plan for travel.
If your sex partner travels to an area with Zika, protect yourself from getting Zika during sex.

What to do if you live in or travel to an area with Zika

If you live in an area with Zika, or if you or your sexual partner travel to an area with Zika, follow the steps below to protect your pregnancy.

Take steps to prevent mosquito bites.
Take steps to prevent getting Zika through sex.
Talk with your doctor or healthcare provider.

 

Media Contact:

 

Sharon Shaw

Administrator

Angelina County & Cities Health District

936-633-0602

sshaw@acchd.us

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