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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Kelly Hanes

    Senior Public Information Officer

    Tarrant County Public Health

    817-321-5306 direct

    817-401-5967 mobile

    dkhanes@tarrantcounty.com

    Be Mosquito Free

    Seventeenth Imported Zika Case Confirmed in Tarrant County

    Local transmission not reported at this time

     

    August 29, 2016 (Tarrant County, TX) – Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) has identified a 17th imported case of Zika virus in the county. Local transmission has not been detected and surveillance continues.

    TCPH’s North Texas Regional Laboratory received, tested and confirmed the sample.

    This imported case traveled to Costa Rica, a country with known local transmission of Zika. The previous cases traveled to the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Honduras (3), Jamaica, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico (3), St. Lucia (2), St. Martin and two unknown. No other health information will be released at this time to protect the identity of the patients.

    Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, a known aggressive daytime biter. Sexual transmission has been reported in a small number of cases. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is typically mild with symptoms lasting no more than seven days.

    TCPH continues to distribute Zika Home Care Kits to Tarrant County residents being evaluated for Zika. The kit includes mosquito repellant, mosquito dunks, educational materials and other items. The kits are not being offered to the general public.

    Reducing mosquito breeding sites is one of the best ways residents can protect themselves and their neighbors. They should:

    • Routinely dump standing water on their property,
    • Overturn all small containers,
    • Dispose of any trash or debris that can contains small amounts of water.

    TCPH’s Zika Hotline (817-248-6299) is available to help answer any questions residents may have about this disease. For more information on Zika virus and for other useful tips.

    TCPH has produced a video to help residents Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Sites.

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    News release date: August 29, 2016