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Texas Resident’s Zika Virus Infection Linked To Miami Travel

Update Date: Aug 18, 2016 01:52 PM EDT
Health Workers Test And Spray For Mosquitos As Texas Prepares For Zika Virus
A city environmental health worker displays literature to be distributed to the public on April 14, 2016 in McAllen, Texas. Health departments, especially in areas along the Texas-Mexico border, are preparing for the expected arrival of the Zika Virus, carried by the aegypti mosquito, which is endemic to the region. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), announced this week that Zika is the definitive cause of birth defects seen in Brazil and other countries affected by the outbreak. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) (Photo : John Moore/Getty Images News)

Presently, the Zika virus has experienced a new trend - the spread of the virus from one state to another. Recently a Texas resident was found to be infected with the Zika virus.

Notably, the cause of Zika virus has been due to travel to Texas, according to Texas Department of State Health Services.

Although there has been no specific evidence about the spreading of the virus, evidence shows that other states are also vulnerable to spreading of the virus, reported Daily Record.

"This is the first Texas case to be linked to travel within the continental United States. The case will be classified as 'travel-associated' and is being investigated for more details," the department said.

The resident of El Passo tested himself after becoming ill. The health officials of Texas linked the case to Miami after examining the dates of travel and the symptoms. This is Texas first reported case of Zika Virus infection.

Notably, the Zika Virus is usually spread by the bite of mosquitoes. It can also be passed genetically from pregnant mothers to newborn babies, and through sexual contact and blood transfusions.

The mosquitoes, which spread the Zika are known as Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, both of which are present in the states of Texas and Florida.

Infectious-disease expert Peter Hotez notes that travelers infected with Zika have been returning to Texas for months.

"It's probably not a huge story, given that on any particular day there may be many people from Zika-endemic areas of Central America coming into El Paso," said Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Houston's Baylor College of Medicine.

Previously, Texas has reported more than 100 cases of Zika associated with travel to areas with the active transmission. There haven't been any reported cases of Zika transmitted by mosquitoes in Texas.

Thus, it seems that the spread of Zika Virus due to travel is the first case in Texas and Florida.     



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