For the most recent information on Zika in Texas:
Texas Department of State Health Services - www.texaszika.org
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - http://www.cdc.gov/zika
Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism - https://travel.texas.gov/industry-resources/travel-safety-information/texas-tourism-info/
What is Zika?
The Zika virus is spread through the bite of certain types of mosquitoes. While it can cause fever, a rash, joint pain and or pink eyes, about 80 percent of people with Zika do not become ill or have symptoms. Zika can also be spread through blood transfusions and sexual contact.
How Do People Get Infected With Zika?
Mosquito bites are the primary way that Zika virus is transmitted. The virus can also be spread from mother to child while pregnant, through blood transfusion, or through sexual contact. Not all mosquito types transmit the Zika virus. It is primarily transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito (A. aegypti and possibly A. albopictus). In Texas, these mosquitoes are mainly found in South Texas and along the Texas coast, but are also present in other parts of Texas, especially urban environments.
What Are The Symptoms Of Zika?
Many people infected with Zika virus do not experience any symptoms or will only experience mild symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika are
How Can Visitors Prevent Getting Zika?
Texas Department of State Health Services has created a Zika Toolkit that can be found at www.TexasZika.org.
Take these simple steps to protect yourself from the Zika virus.