Another Dallas County resident has contracted the Zika virus while traveling, public health department officials say.
The patient, age 48, is the 28th Dallas County resident to contract the illness while traveling abroad; the latest case was contracted in Mexico.
After confirming the cases through a private lab, the cases were referred to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Other than the patient being a resident of DeSoto, no other health information will be released about the patient.
Still, no known Zika cases have been transmitted locally by mosquitoes, local health officials confirm -- all local cases have been imported with the exception of one case in Dallas County that is believed to have been spread by sexual contact.
Zika virus is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, a known aggressive daytime biter. Common symptoms of Zika virus include fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting several days to a week, though there can be profound impact to a developing fetus should the mother contract the virus.
There is no medication to treat Zika virus and there is no vaccine; the best prevention is to avoid mosquitoes and sexual contact with infected people. The recommendations for avoiding the Zika virus are the same for avoiding West Nile virus.