Zika Virus Kills Texas Baby As Outbreak Spreads Through US, Report Says

Laura Christensen
August 10, 2016

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is vector for the spread of the Zika virus.

A newborn baby girl with Zika-related birth defects has died in Texas.

State health officials said Texas has reported 99 cases of Zika virus disease, including the two infants with microcephaly from Harris County.

The US Centers for Disease Control says 15 infants have been born in the United States with Zika-related defects, and six pregnancy losses are associated with Zika infection. Emmett said if Harris County does see a locally acquired case, it will build off of the efforts Florida is already taking, like spraying to eradicate Zika-transmitting mosquitos in the areas they're found, handing out bug spray to people and initiating an aggressive public health campaign. "The mother and baby are classified as travel-related cases, and there is no additional associated risk in Texas".

At least one other case of an infant born with microcephaly has been reported in the same county. In addition, the CDC is monitoring another 493 pregnant women with Zika in USA territories, particularly Puerto Rico, where the virus has been spreading. On July 13, also in Harris County, another child was born with the Zika-related birth defect.

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Florida is the first state in the country to report non-travel related cases of the virus.

DSHS said it is tracking the number of pregnant women with Zika in the state, working with providers and reporting weekly data to the national Zika pregnancy registry.

Your healthcare provider may order blood tests to look for Zika or other similar viruses like dengue or chikungunya. It usually comes with mild symptoms, including a rash, fever and joint pain. Zika can also be transmitted sexually. The mother had traveled to El Salvador while she was pregnant.

The CDC issued an alert for those traveling to areas where the virus is known to be spreading and encourages women who are pregnant, or considering pregnancy, to first consult a doctor.

Because there is no vaccine or treatment for Zika, people visiting areas with Zika should take steps to prevent infection.

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