Tarrant County

Tarrant County Confirms Sixth Case of Zika Virus

A sixth person has been diagnosed with Zika virus in Tarrant County Public Health Department officials say.

The patient contracted the illness while traveling in the Dominican Republic, making it the first case imported from the DR, TCPH officials said in a statement.

The tests were confirmed at the Tarrant County Public Health's North Texas Regional Laboratory.

No known Zika cases have been transmitted locally by mosquitos, local health officials confirm.

TCPH said Friday no other health information will be released about the patient, to protect his or her identity.

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.

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.

How to Protect Yourself From Mosquito Bites
  • Dress in long sleeves, pants when outside: For extra protection, spray thin clothing with repellent.
  • DEET: Make sure this ingredient is in your insect repellent.
  • Drain standing water in your yard and neighborhood: Mosquitoes can develop in any water stagnant for more than three days.

It has been recommended in the past that to avoid mosquito bites you should avoid being outdoors during Dusk and Dawn (the 4 Ds). While this is true for mosquitoes that commonly carry the West Nile virus, other types of mosquitoes that are more likely to carry Zika, dengue and chikungunya are active during the day. When outdoors, no matter what time of day, adjust your dress accordingly and wear insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus as your first line of defense against insect bites.

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